The lottery system seems to work great for a lot of things like prizes and big cash wins, but when it comes to deciding on business locations, it's perhaps not the most logical. Tell that to the town of Innisfil. The town, boasting a population of around 36,000 people and located approximately 80 kilometres north of Toronto in Simcoe County, was awarded not one, not two, but three cannabis stores in principle in the Ontario Cannabis Lottery on Wednesday.
That's not even the full extent of the problem, though. Even aside from the fact that's one dispensary per handful of thousand people in the town, the three locations drawn in the lottery are all on the same street.
In fact, they would be literally minutes away from each other at 2008, 1988, and 1982 Commerce Park Drive.
Now, a lottery system may seem like a fair and unbiased way to do things, but in cases like this, it's inevitably going to lead to a lot of issues being raised and questions being asked.
Under the Ontario pot lottery system, Innisfil (population: 36,566) has the opportunity to open three pot shops, in… https://t.co/rn3oYRgS6t— Chris Holski (@Chris Holski) 1566399826.0
And sure enough, many people on Twitter are criticizing the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario's choice of utilizing a lottery system to determine where, across Ontario, shops should be opened.
Innisfil is going to have three retail locations all within a 200m distance. This is one, of many, negatives of a l… https://t.co/zZnGQ9rolm— Stephen Inglis (@Stephen Inglis) 1566404709.0
Looks like there will be a cannabis district in Innisfil. 3 new pot shop lottery winners are literally next door t… https://t.co/cq5e1berzP— James Wattie (@James Wattie) 1566401269.0
One Twitter user shared pictures of where the Innisfil locations would be, calling out the AGCO for not doing their research.
And now people are questioning the legitimacy of the applicants.
These are two of the three locations for the retail stores selected in Innisfil. Really @Ont_AGCO did you do any du… https://t.co/3dWHqBQmVN— Michael Ciardullo (@Michael Ciardullo) 1566402592.0
Seriously?!? 5 of 7 winners in the "East Region" of the @Ont_AGCO cannabis lottery are from small towns WEST of To… https://t.co/ii6MnlHDNx— DennisVanStaalduinen (@DennisVanStaalduinen) 1566404121.0
How did the government "random" cannabis license lottery manage to pick three businesses practically next to each other in Innisfil?— Mike (@Mike) 1566408519.0
moving to Innisfil Ontario, a town of 36k that just won 3 of Eastern Ontario's 7 weed store licenses It's not even in Eastern Ontario....— allegedly a girl™ (@allegedly a girl™) 1566407490.0
@theBROGAMERx Wow 3 shops in Innisfil while the rest of the region remains dry. This is insane.— - Smooth as Eggs - (@- Smooth as Eggs -) 1566397953.0
According to the AGCO website, applications were randomly selected while using a third-party-certified AGCO lottery software program. The KPMG, a Canadian audit, tax, and advisory service, was there to ensure the lottery process was conducted fairly.
There were 4,864 eligible applicants included in the lottery draw, and only 42 were selected, according to globenewswire.com
Whether or not you believe the lottery was a fair system, you can theoretically expect to see three new shops in Innisfil in the near future. Although, you know, it makes zero sense.