Northern Ontarians are pissed about the locations of retail cannabis stores because they got next to none there.
With the grand opening of retail cannabis stores coming to Ontario in less than a month, the AGCO has revealed the locations of those stores and some people are not happy about it. Particularly, Northern Ontarians who are pissed about the locations of retail cannabis stores. That’s because they have next to none of them.
The Ontario government announced late last year that they would only be able to give out 25 licenses for physical cannabis stores because of the low supply in Canada. They then decided that the licenses would be divided up by region.
The licenses were divided up in five different regions, with the majority of them going to the Toronto area. They were allocated as follows:
- Five Licenses in the Eastern Region (Ottawa, Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Simcoe, Muskoka, and others)
- Six Licenses in the Greater Toronto Area Region (York, Durham, Peel, and Halton regions)
- Two in the Northern Region (Parry Sound, Sudbury, Cochrane, Algoma, Thunder Bay, Kenora, and others)
- Five in the Toronto Region (the City of Toronto only)
- Seven in the Western Region (Hamilton, Waterloo, Niagara, Huron and Bruce Counties, and others.)
Based on that division alone, almost all of the licenses are in Southern Ontario, with only two going to the entire Northern Region. That’s not the only problem for some Ontarians though.