Kyle Goodfield, CP24.com
Posted on Sunday, May 31, 2019 5:06 PM EDT
Last updated Sunday, March 31, 2019 6:14 PM EDT
The first legal pot shop in Toronto is ready to open its doors on Monday morning.
Speaking at a retail store four levels, located in 202 Queen Street West, communications officer for the Hunny Pot Cannabis Co. said CP24, that their team is "very excited for people to see the space."
"Our goal from the beginning was to be opened on April 1 at 9 am, and we never deviated from it," said Cameron Brown. "We knew that we wanted to be open to make that first sale, and the fact that we & # 39; are the first Toronto retailers to be open and make the first sale in the largest market in Canada, I I can not express how excited we are about that. "
While the process to set up shop was very fast, Brown said that their 50 person team is ready to serve.
"We have a ton of education budtenders on the product side, but also the story behind every little piece that we put in here, so we are very happy for customers to see it," he said. "We have been very hard on the staff, because it is very important that people who come through the door to get the full experience Hunny Pot. They (the staff) were in training throughout the week on products, training on the process and making sure that we have everything down in order to be able to flow, when we have two people, or 10,000 people tomorrow. "
Hunny Pot Cannabis Co. was one of three companies in Ontario, provided a license for retail trade in alcohol and gambling Commission of Ontario (AGCO) earlier this month.
Licenses have also been given the drug in Niagara St-Catharines, Ontario. Cannabis and Central London, Ontario.
The licenses were issued after the local government announced the first 25 companies that have been able to apply for a license at 11. More than 17,000 expressions of interest in January received a license was decided, in accordance with the AGCO.
Licenses have been divided by region, with five in the east of the province, seven in the west, two north, six in the Greater Toronto and five in Toronto.
Private shops, licensed, required to open April 1 Those who have received a license, but neglect to open on time may face a fine from the Provincial Government.
Lineup was developed Caryma cannabis advocate Saad and her assistant Marie Kamara outside Hunny Pot Cannabis Co. on Sunday afternoon.
"This is a historic moment," she said.
Saad said that the process created by the provincial government on the opening of legal cannabis shops in Ontario was "disappointing."
"It's disappointing, but perhaps not surprising, given that the government has decided to roll out. Initially, we had thought about privatization, open for business, and was replaced by lottery who have zero merit criteria, so it is not surprising that only a handful of shops in the province have been able to be ready in time. "
Place marijuana was legally available to Ontarians through the online purchase site Ontario Cannabis store from 17 October.