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Burlington could soon be home to four cannabis stores



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Burlington could soon be home to four cannabis stores

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has received an application for a fourth cannabis retail store in Burlington called the “Friendly Stranger Plains Road”.

The proposed location at 1025 and 1059 Plains Rd East, Unit 3 is now up for public comment.

“This location meets all of the City of Burlington’s criteria and retail store guidelines for our preferred locations,” said Mayor Marianne Meed Ward. “While we continue to learn from the launch of this new industry and watch it evolve, our City has been a leader in creating our own made-in Burlington guidelines of where we would like to see these types of stores located and their proximity to sensitive land uses.”

“The City opted in to permitting retail cannabis stores and we need to continue to see them as a legitimate part of our local business community.”

Written comments about the proposed location will be received by the AGCO until Dec. 27 and may be submitted online at 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 Dec. 27, the AGCO will consider all written comments and available information to decide whether the application for the proposed store location will be approved.

Burlington has two cannabis stores authorized by the AGCO. Three more applications are in progress, one of which is the Friendly Stranger Plains Road.

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 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

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