Earlier this week, it was announced Burlington could be home to a 13th cannabis retail store this fall.
You can make it 14 now.
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) received an application from the cannabis retail chain, Meta Cannabis Co. Walker Place. The proposed location is 3505 Upper Middle Rd., Unit D003.
The City of Burlington says the proposal is now up for public comment.
Written comments about the proposed location will be received by the AGCO until Sept. 10 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 Sept 8, 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. Suite 103)
- Corner Cannabis (3007 New St.)
- The Hunny Pot Cannabis Co. (1505 Guelph Line, Unit 3-4)
- Friendly Stranger Plains Road (1025 and 1059 Plains Rd. E., Unit 3)
- Pioneer Cannabis Co. (1200 Brant St., Unit B-004)
- mihi (3500 Dundas St., Unit A1B)
- Canna Cabana Burlington (2400 Guelph Line, Unit 2)
- Welcome Cannabis (1401 Plains Rd., Unit 5)
Four additional cannabis retail stores are under review by the AGCO and two are out for comment, including this one.
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.
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 ACGO introduced an open licensing system for cannabis retail stores in Jan. 2020. On March 2, the ACGO began accepting store authorization applications.
Image credit: Meta Cannabis official website