Where’s The Pot? Queen’s Park Changes Course Cannabis Retail Outlets

Only 25 will be allowed to open on April 1

It may be hard to find a ‘pot’ shop when they’re allowed to open in Ontario on April 1.

Finance Minister Vic Fedeli, noting concerns about supply, says the province will now take a phased-in approach to brick and mortar cannabis stores. Just 25 will be licensed to start.

All interested parties will be able to submit an expression of interest form online to the AGCO from January 7 to January 9, 2019. The expressions of interest will be put into a lottery pool for a draw. The draw will be conducted on January 11, 2019, with the results to be posted on the AGCO’s website within 24 hours.

Further details on the lottery system will be available on the AGCO website.

Alberta stopped issuing any new retail cannabis licences after only receiving 20 per cent of the stock it ordered from federally licensed producers, and in Quebec retail operating hours have been reduced to four days a week. In addition, the shortage of supply has restricted online sales in many jurisdictions.

Many municipalities, including those in Simcoe County, have yet to decide if they’ll even allow pot to be sold in stores within their borders. Some have reached out to their residents on social media to gauge public opinion.

Toronto City Council voted last night (Thursday) to allow cannabis to be sold in stores in the city. Mississauga and Markham have voted against citing ‘too many unanswered questions’.