January 2019
AGCO Reminder Regarding Ontario’s Private Cannabis Retail Stores

2019-01-11 4:09:52 PM


The Alcohol and Gaming Commission (AGCO) today distributed letters to all CAOs and Clerks in Ontario municipalities regarding the implementation of the province's private cannabis retail stores. 

To municipalities who have not yet notified the AGCO of their decision to opt in or out of hosting private cannabis retail stores, the letter states that municipalities should provide written notification indicating their decision by January 22, 2019. If the AGCO receives no such notification from a municipality by this date, by default private cannabis retail stores would be permitted to operate, providing all other AGCO licensing eligibility criteria have been met. 

The letters also include information about the implementation of Ontario’s private retail cannabis stores. As AMCTO previously noted, the Ontario government announced that the province’s private retail cannabis stores will be opened in phases and capped at 25 store authorizations for April 1, 2019 due to the nation-wide cannabis shortage. The AGCO will hold a lottery draw on January 11 to determine who may apply for the 25 retail stores. The results of the lottery can be found here

The AGCO states that the first 25 cannabis retail stores may only be located in a municipality that:

  • Has chosen not to opt out of permitting cannabis retail stores; and
  • Has a population of 50,000 people or more as identified in the 2016 Ontario census

For more information, please see below:

Cannabis License Act, 2018

Timeline for Cannabis Retail Lottery, Licensing and Store Authorization Process


 


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