First licensed cannabis shop approved in Toronto



A store in St. Catharines has snagged one of Ontario's first three cannabis retail operator licenses.

In addition to renovating the retail spaces to comply with the province's strict security regulations, all employees must undergo criminal background checks and complete a government-approved training program.

Five licenses have been granted for Toronto and 11 in total for the GTA.

The Niagara Herbalist was one of seven people or companies selected in the west region of the province's recent retail licence lottery.

Christopher Comrie submitted an application last month to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) to open a recreational marijuana store in the former Oarhouse eatery, located in a commercial plaza at 666 Wonderland Rd.

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The Hunny Pot will open at 202 Queen St. W.

Directly across the road from The Hunny Pot Cannabis Co. sits Friendly Stranger, a cannabis culture shop.

Due to "serious cannabis supply issues" that were ultimately addressed by the federal government, only 25 stores across the province have been granted licenses.

Back on January 11, the Ontario government announced the first 25 companies that were able to apply for cannabis retail licences. More than 17,000 expressions of interest to receive a licence were accepted prior to the decisions, according to the AGCO.

In Ontario, recreational cannabis can now only be purchased legally online through a government-run website.

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