Article by Ross Marowits, BNN Bloomberg
Some of Toronto’s wealthiest residents now have easy access to cannabis with Sunday’s opening of the city’s second legal retail store.
A couple dozen eager buyers stood in line in Yorkville to make the first purchases at Ameri, a small store in the shadows of high-rise condominium towers.
“There’s always the anxious people but I can assure everybody we’re not going to run out of product,” said Rob, Ameri’s consultant who prepared the store’s opening.
The consultant declined to give his surname over concerns about crossing the U.S. border.
He said a Sunday opening was selected because the store wanted to address any bugs in its operations, prepare staff and avoid the crush of buyers that The Hunny Pot Cannabis Co. experienced when it became Toronto’s first cannabis retail outlet to open its doors April 1.
Only 11 of the 25 stores that will receive licences to operate across the province are currently open. In addition to two in Toronto, there are three in Ottawa, two in Kingston and single locations in London, Burlington, St. Catharines and Brampton.
Ontario’s government has decided to limit the number of licences that will operate alongside online sales.
As the day wore on, the lines at Ameri disappeared leaving a steady stream of people to mill about the store to examine buds through a magnifying glass or sniff the contents of sample jars.