Article by Owen Sound Sun Times
Two applications to operate retail cannabis stores in Owen Sound are currently before the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario.
While the Capturing Eden location at 973 2nd Ave. W. is currently in the AGCO’s 15-day public notice phase, a store called Cannabis Grey Bruce at 236 8th St. E. has moved through the public notice period with no comments received through its portal, the AGCO has confirmed.
Raymond Kahnert, senior advisor of communications with AGCO said via e-mail on Monday that the public notice period for the Cannabis Grey Bruce location was held from March 18 to April 1 with no comment received through the portal.
Kahnert said the eligibility and due diligence process continues for the location.
Before issuing a licence to any operator the AGCO undertakes a comprehensive assessment of the application and all interested parties, including police and background checks. The AGCO will only license applicants who meet all legal and regulatory requirements, Kahnert said.
On Friday, Capturing Eden manager Angie Messerschmidt said they hoped to open as a licensed cannabis retail store for the Victoria Day weekend on May 16-18, but it all depends on how the COVID-19 pandemic plays out. Capturing Eden opened last year providing medical cannabis assessments and selling cannabis accessories. It has closed during the pandemic, but people can still call the store to make purchases.
The public notice phase for Capturing Eden runs until April 30.
During the 15-day notice period the AGCO considers matters of public interest that relate to protecting public health and safety, protecting youth and restricting their access to cannabis and preventing illicit activities in relation to cannabis. Comments can be submitted through agco.ca