Article by Nick Westoll,
As Toronto’s only operating cannabis retail store opened to the public on Monday – the first day marijuana stores are legally allowed to do so in Ontario – a few customers who use wheelchairs and mobility devices weren’t easily able to access the Hunny Pot Cannabis Co.
Jordan Dragiz went to Queen Street West business, near University Avenue, Monday afternoon to buy assorted cannabis products. After waiting in a lengthy line, Dragiz discovered there wasn’t a ramp at the front door. He had to be helped into and out of the store with the assistance of staff and without his wheelchair, which Dragiz had to leave on the sidewalk.
“I wasn’t shocked. I was kind of expecting this. But I wasn’t sure if there’s going to be a ramp or not. I’m more shocked they don’t have a ramp,” he told Global News.
“All these buildings are pretty old … I was wondering what I was going to do, how I was going to get in. But good thing they were nice enough to help me in.”
When contacted by Global News to ask about the lack of accessibility at the front entrance, a spokesperson for the Hunny Pot Cannabis Co. said customers raised accessibility concerns with store staff.