Potential location of Toronto's first legal cannabis retail outlet revealed

Feb 6 2019, 11:31 pm

The potential location of Toronto’s first legal cannabis retail outlet has been revealed.

According to a posting on the Alcohol and Gaming Comission of Ontario’s website, an application has been submitted to open up a dispensary in the iconic Yorkville area. The address 20 Cumberland St, a short walk from the Royal Ontario Museum, will likely soon become the city’s first cannabis store, “AMERI.”

This will be one of five cannabis stores in the Toronto municipality, after the Ford government chose to license an initial 25 storefronts in the province in order to avoid the shortages that have plagued other regions, including Alberta and Quebec.

In January, it was announced that Heather Conlon, Seyedarash Seyedameri, Colin Campbell, Dana Michele Kendal, and Hunny Gawri had been selected in a lottery to open the first Toronto stores.

It was also revealed today that applications have been submitted for the Ganjika House at 186 Main St S, in Brampton, and The Niagara Herbalist, at 33 Lakeshore Rd in St. Catherines, Ontario. These locations, including the one in Toronto, mark the first three named sites for legal cannabis retail in the province — outside of First Nations reservations.

The AGCO rules state that those awarded the licenses should be prepared to sell cannabis by April 1, 2019, and be ready to comply with requirements under the Cannabis Licence Act, its regulations, and the Registrar’s Standards for Cannabis Retail Stores.

Businesses must also be “committed to act in accordance with the AGCO’s mandate to ensure that Ontario’s cannabis retail environment operates with integrity, honesty, and in the public interest.”

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