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Mon
24
Aug

Hamilton could be a cannabis retail hot spot with new applications flooding the province

Hamilton’s legal cannabis market is going to get crowded in the coming months with retail applications pending across the city.

Forty-eight retail licence applications are being processed by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO). Four of those potential stores are in the process of receiving public scrutiny, the other 44 have passed that stage and are undergoing review by the AGCO.

If all applications are granted, there will be 56 pot shops spread out through Hamilton, from Ancaster to Winona and Waterdown to Binbrook.

New locations are good news for customers in areas of the city that were shut out when the government was granting licences through the lottery system.

Fri
21
Aug

7 Muskoka cannabis stores could open by early 2021

Licences are pending for seven new cannabis stores in Muskoka. If approved by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, the stores will open later this year and in early 2021.

Licence applications are in process for one cannabis store each in Bracebridge and Gravenhurst, and five stores in Huntsville. Bud Heaven at 77 Manitoba St. in Bracebridge is currently Muskoka’s only authorized cannabis store.

Mon
17
Aug

Higher amount of Canadian marijuana being intercepting at border

The amount of Canadian marijuana intercepted at the U.S.-Canada border crossing in New York State is skyrocketing.

Mon
10
Aug

Private pot shops see sales decline after delivery cancelled by province

Private cannabis retailers in Ottawa are fighting to have home delivery reinstated after seeing a decline in sales and worrying people might be turning to the black market.

When COVID-19 hit this spring, the government closed all cannabis shops, but later allowed private retailers to operate delivery and curb-side pickup. That ability was rescinded in July as the province moved into Stage 3 reopening. 

The Ministry of the Attorney General explained that the shops were allowed to reopen with pandemic measures in place, including booking appointments or using a "click and collect" service which allows customers to schedule a pick up time.

Wed
05
Aug

Too much of a good thing? Torontonians concerned about 'clusters' of cannabis stores

A group of dispensary owners hoping to set up shop in the same one-block area has provoked some Torontonians to ask the Alcohol and Gaming Commission to look more closely at the proximity rules governing the city’s cannabis retailers.

Fri
31
Jul

Toronto weed store offers what turns out to be a very pandemic-friendly way to retrieve stock

No one was expecting COVID-19 to hit businesses worldwide so hard, but the designers of a new cannabis shop that opened its doors in Toronto’s Beaches area this week may be feeling prescient.

The family-owned and operated shop called The Neighbourhood Joint (TNJ) features a built-in pneumatic tube system that is not only a nod to how information was transferred between city hall reporters and newspapers in the 1930s, but also contributes to answering the modern and pressing issue of COVID-19.

Fri
24
Jul

End of Cannabis Emergency Order and the conclusion of curbside pick-up and delivery

On April 7, 2020, the Ontario government made an emergency order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to support the cannabis retail sector through the COVID-19 pandemic, temporarily allowing authorized cannabis retail stores to offer delivery and curbside pick-up.

Fri
24
Jul

Cannabis cafes, special occasion permits should be priority for province says local advocate

Before the pandemic began, the Ontario government held consultations on whether to allow cannabis lounges, cafes and "special occasional permits" for pot — which would allow for sales at places like festivals.

Premier Doug Ford's government has stated its ultimate goal for cannabis is an open market, but at this point it continues to control all legal sales through the Ontario Cannabis Store, which has reported an uptick in online purchases during the pandemic. 

Wed
22
Jul

Province to take $180M hit on ending pot delivery, pickup: Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Ontario stands to miss out on about $180 million in economic activity if the province's 100-odd privately-run cannabis stores aren't allowed to provide delivery or curbside pickup services, according to estimates from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. 

However, that figure balloons to nearly $1 billion in losses if that includes the additional 450 stores which are ready to open, but whose licence applications are pending approval by provincial regulator, the business group said. 

"This is coming from a time when the economy is grappling with the impact of COVID-19 measures," Daniel Safayeni, co-chair of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s Ontario Cannabis Policy Council, told BNN Bloomberg in a phone interview.

Tue
21
Jul

Ontario won't allow cannabis cafes — for now — as health officials raise concerns

There's a sharp divide between health officials and business groups on whether or not the Ford government should allow cannabis lounges and cafes, and broaden the number of places pot can be sold.

CBC Toronto obtained the results of the government's consultation — conducted earlier this year before COVID-19 forced the province to declare a state of emergency — through a freedom of information request. You can read all 850 pages of feedback at the bottom of this story.

The province is considering two major changes to the current cannabis landscape:

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