Province unlikely to satisfy promise of 25 hashish outlets by April 1, evaluation reveals

391 Financial institution Avenue is the positioning of a future hashish store known as Hobo Leisure Hashish Retailer.

Julie Oliver / Postmedia

Ontario is unlikely to satisfy its goal of getting 25 privately owned hashish outlets open by April 1, an evaluation of licence functions reveals.

4 of the lottery winners who received the suitable to use for the coveted first wave of licences haven’t even introduced their places but.

For these 4, from Toronto and the GTA, the deadline seems to be unattainable. The general public is allowed 15 days to remark after places are posted. Lottery winners have 5 days to answer to these feedback. That’s a complete of 20 days, and as of Thursday there have been solely 17 days remaining till April 1.

For one more 5 shops, the general public remark interval ends between March 19 and March 27, which is tight timing.

It’s troublesome to foretell how most of the 25 shops will open on time. Development, public feedback and scrutiny of candidates by the Alcohol and Gaming Fee of Ontario are all occurring on the identical time in a mad sprint to open the outlets.

Ontario is the one province or territory besides Nunavut that doesn’t but have bricks-and-mortar hashish shops. Residents should buy on-line on the Ontario Hashish Retailer.

Shops had been delayed after the province ditched plans by the earlier Liberal regime for government-run shops in favour of privately owned shops.

The province had deliberate to concern a vast variety of licences however modified course due to a scarcity of pot.

The variety of licences was briefly restricted to 25, and a lottery was held in January to find out who may apply for them.

It value $75 to enter the lottery. The AGCO mentioned winners must be ready to open a retailer by April 1.

There have been practically 17,000 lottery entrants. A lot of the winners had been people, many with no expertise within the hashish business or operating a retailer.

A flurry of deal-making ensued as lottery winners reached agreements with corporations keen to realize a foothold within the doubtlessly profitable hashish retail commerce. That additionally created delays because the AGCO scrutinized offers to ensure lottery winners maintained management and possession. One winner was disqualified for breaking these guidelines.

Because it stands now, 9 of the 21 lottery winners which have introduced their places are affiliated with pot-shop chains beneath these model names: Spiritleaf, Canna Cabana, Choom Hashish, Nova Hashish, Fireplace & Flower, Tweed and Hobo.

Operators of the three shops proposed for Ottawa all say they intention to be open April 1, barring any unexpected circumstances.

Lottery winners want two licences. As of Thursday evening, solely 4 winners – in Brampton, Toronto, St. Catharines and London- had been awarded each.

Right here’s a rundown of outlets by area:

Japanese Ontario: 5 outlets

All 5 shops have accomplished the general public remark interval and are awaiting licences. In Ottawa: Superette on Wellington Avenue West, Fireplace & Flower York Avenue Hashish within the ByWard Market and Hobo Leisure Hashish Retailer on Financial institution Avenue. In Kingston: Brock Avenue Hashish (affiliated with Fireplace & Flower) and Spiritleaf.

Western Ontario: 7 outlets

Two shops have each licences: The Niagara Herbalist in St. Catharines and Central Hashish in London

One retailer has accomplished the general public remark stage and is awaiting a licence: Tweed in London

4 shops are within the public remark stage: Canna Cabana Hamilton (feedback finish March 23); Choom Hashish in Niagara Falls (March 19); J. London in London (March 19); and Hiya Hashish Retailer in Hamilton (March 27)

Better Toronto: 6 shops

One retailer has each licences: Ganjika Home in Brampton

One retailer has one among two licences: RELM Hashish Co. in Burlington

Two shops have accomplished public feedback and are awaiting licences: Fabulous Leaf in Oshawa and Smok in Ajax

Two lottery winners haven’t introduced a location: Guruveer Singh Sangha and Kyle Hildebrand

Toronto: 5 shops

One retailer has each licences: The Hunny Pot Hashish Firm

Two shops have accomplished public remark and are awaiting licences: Ameri, Nova Hashish

Two lottery winners haven’t introduced places: Colin Campbell and Dana Michele Kendal

Northern Ontario: 2 shops

One retailer has accomplished public remark and is awaiting a licence: Highlife in Sudbury

One retailer is within the public remark stage till March 22: Canna Cabana Sudbury


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