New pot shops could be coming to Oshawa

New pot shops could be coming to Oshawa

New pot shops could be coming to Oshawa

The AGCO selected the companies Tuesday afternoon through a lottery draw.

104 Harbord St., located just west of Spadina Ave. and blocks away from the University of Toronto, is the address of one of 13 Toronto-area winners of the latest Alcohol and Gaming Commision of Ontario (AGCO) retail cannabis store lottery - selecting 43 out of almost 5,000 entrants hoping to apply for provincial permission to enter Ontario's growing legal retail cannabis market.

Liedtke was also one of thousands of applicants in the second round of applicants but wasn't selected.

Two other applicants in the Kawarthas are on the wait list for East Region: Lloyd Tucker at 1434 Chemong Road Unit #1 in Selwyn Township, and Cirrolion Capital 351 Kent Street West in Lindsay (across from Whitney Town Centre).

Two individuals from Oshawa have been selected to move forward with their applications.

This now empty storefront at 120 Wyndam St. the proposed location of a new retail cannabis operation in Guelph.

Robert Chomiak, who proposes a store in a shopping plaza at 1310 Fanshawe Park Rd.

AGCO senior communications advisor Raymond Kahnert said that at this point, "the locations are proposed only, and not approved to open".

In addition to the 42 lottery winners announced today, the AGCO will be awarding a further eight licenses to applicants looking to open stores on First Nations lands.

Eligible applicants were randomly selected using a third-party certified AGCO lottery software program, according to the news release.

The AGCO says once it receives retail store authorization from the lottery applicants, people in the community can provide written submissions if they think the location is not in the public interest.

The lottery winners now have until August 28 to pay licensing fees and provide a letter of credit for $50,000 to the AGCO. "So I'll be interested to pop in, I don't know if I'll buy anything though", said Brittany St. Germain at the potential for a store opening in Barrhaven in October.

AGCO figures most of the stores will be open by October.

Municipalities were allowed to opt-out of allowing cannabis retail stores earlier this year.

The city has also mapped out areas where it believes cannabis stores could be located by meeting the designated criteria.

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