Now that applications are well underway for Ontario's licensed physical cannabis stores, the first three legal cannabis shops just got announced. Part of the process laid out by the AGCO, the branch of the Ontario government that handles cannabis, involves the retailers giving public notice in their proposed stores.
On top of that, the AGCO has also released the locations and names of three of these proposed stores on their website, giving us our first look at where we will be able to buy cannabis in person this April. So far the three locations revealed are all in the Toronto Area.
The first one is in Toronto specifically. The proposed location is at 20 Cumberland Street, in the Yorkville area. This store will be called Ameri. In the past, this location has housed a medical marijuana supplier, MMJ Canada, and is right next door to a tobacco store.
The second proposed location is in Brampton, specifically at 186 Main St South. The store, which is going to be called Ganjika House will be located next to a Doctor's office. The plaza also has a fish and chips restaurant, a laundromat, and a Pizza Pizza. There's also a park and a Shopper's Drug Mart right across the street.
The third and final location so far is proposed to be in St Catharines. The store, called The Niagara Herbalist is set to be located at 33 Lakeshore Road. This is also a plaza location with a Tim Hortons, laundromat, barber, CIBC bank, and more around it.
While these locations have been officially announced, there is still a small chance they will get turned down. That's because this part of the process, the public notice gives members of the public a chance to respond to the applications.
If there are any objections to these proposed locations people have 15 days to submit their official complaints to the AGCO. After the February 20 deadline for submissions, the stores will have a chance to respond to the objections. The registrar for the AGCO will then make their final decision on the stores.
If there are no legitimate objections, these three locations will become the very first physical, legal cannabis retailers in the whole province when they open on April 1.
It is unclear right now if more of the 25 stores who won licenses in the lottery will be making their public notice soon, but once notice is given the AGCO will be posting all the proposed location on their website.
Of the 25 licenses handed out, six of the stores will be in the GTA and five will be directly in Toronto, meaning almost half of the physical retailers will be located in the Toronto area.