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Application for 15th Cannabis Retail Store in Burlington Received by AGCO: Written Comments Due to Province by Oct. 4

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*Please see below a media release issued by the City of Burlington.

Burlington, Ont.—Sept. 21, 2020— The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has received an application for a 15th cannabis retail store in Burlington called Verde Luv Inc. The proposed location at 1900 Walkers Line, Unit 7 is now up for public comment.

This application does not meet the City of Burlington Council approved guidelines. A previous application, currently under review by the AGCO, for a 14th cannabis retail store in Burlington has a proposed location at 3505 Upper Middle Rd., Unit D003 and is within 500m of this applicant’s location. This is “clustering” which is discouraged; each applicant should propose a location that is at least more than 500m from another cannabis retail store in Burlington.

Written comments about the proposed location will be received by the AGCO until Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020 and may be submitted online at www.agco.ca/iAGCO. The AGCO will accept submissions from:

  • A resident of the municipality in which the proposed store is located
  • The municipality representing the area in which the proposed store is located and/or its upper-tier municipality.

Comments submitted to the AGCO should relate to the following matters of public interest:

  • Protecting public health and safety
  • Protecting youth and restricting their access to cannabis
  • Preventing illicit activities in relation to cannabis

After Oct. 4, the AGCO will consider all written comments and available information to decide whether the application for the proposed store location will be approved.

Currently there are eight licensed cannabis retail stores in Burlington, including three approved since the ACGO moved to an open licensing system for cannabis retail store applications earlier this year. The eight stores include:

Relm Cannabis Co.4031 Fairview St., Ste. 103
Corner Cannabis3007 New St.
The Hunny Pot Cannabis Co.1505 Guelph Line, Unit 3-4
Friendly Stranger Plains Road1025 and 1059 Plains Rd. E., Unit 3
Pioneer Cannabis Co.1200 Brant St., Unit B-004
mihi3500 Dundas St., Unit A1B
Canna Cabana Burlington2400 Guelph Line, Unit 2
Welcome Cannabis1401 Plains Rd., Unit 5

Six additional cannabis retail stores are under review by the AGCO and one is out for comment, including this one.

Quick Facts

  • On Jan. 14, 2019, Burlington City Council voted to allow the operation of retail cannabis stores in Burlington
  • On Apr. 1, 2019, the first round of brick and mortar, privately-operated retail cannabis stores opened across the province
  • The AGCO is licensing and enforcing regulations related to retail cannabis stores in Ontario
  • The ACGO introduced an open licensing system for cannabis retail stores in January 2020. On March 2, 2020, the ACGO began accepting store authorization applications.
  • The provincial requirement for a cannabis retail store is 150 metres from schools (as defined by the Education Act), as per the provincial regulations.  The City of Burlington guideline for a cannabis retail store is 500 metres from schools

Links and Resources

For the status of current Cannabis Retail Store Applications in Ontario, visit agco.ca/status-current-cannabis-retail-store-applications

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*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist

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2 thoughts on “Application for 15th Cannabis Retail Store in Burlington Received by AGCO: Written Comments Due to Province by Oct. 4”

  1. No further permits should be granted without a credible and professionally prepared marketing plan justifying the establishment of the outlet at that location on an economic basis. Fast foods outlets and chains only set up shop on the basis of such studies to avoid market saturation and bankrupcy.

    1. Why should government get involved with reviewing the marketing plans of private businesses? If they believe there’s a market for their products, and they abide by our laws and regulations, let them set up shop and take the risk of success or failure, just like would happen in any other business venture.

      I suspect that because many of our neighbours initially rejected allowing the sale of cannabis products, Burlington is seeing more than its share of the trade, and seeing more jobs and entrepreneurship in our city as a result. Has there been a downside?

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