CBC Windsor – Nov 3 2017
Windsor will be one of the first 14 municipalities in Ontario to receive a stand-alone cannabis store.
Staff members from the Ministry of Finance and LCBO will meet with the municipalities in the coming weeks, they stated in a press release. The plan is to discuss guidelines and where stores may be opened.
“I guess it’s positive we were identified on the short list as one of the first fourteen municipalities,” said Jon Liedtke, owner of Windsor’s Higher Limits cannabis lounge. “But I’m still concerned that it’s going to be a woefully small number of stores that we see servicing a region of roughly 300 to 350,000 people.”
Liedtke has been critical of government plans to sell through the LCBO, and hopes that private licensed sellers might be able to set up shops.
“I’m a little concerned with the roll-out especially with cannabis tourism,” he said, adding American residents could be the ones buying up local supplies at a potential Windsor location.
Members of the public will have an opportunity to voice their opinion. The LCBO said when a specific store is identified there will be a public notice posted online and at the physical site.
More municipalities will be chosen in the future and the LCBO states that “consumers in all regions of Ontario will have access to cannabis through an online channel.”
Here’s a look at the entire list:
Sault Ste. Marie