Professional Help for the Ontario Cannabis Retail Sales License Application

ontario cannabis retail sales license application

As of todays date August 6th, if you are looking to apply for an Ontario Cannabis Retail Sales License you will have to be strategic.  When it is announced you want to have your application completed by an expert, so that you can hit the road running, and avoid unnecessary delays or rejection of your application due to technical errors or deficiencies. Assuming that the Ford P.C. government allows private retailers to sell cannabis, a whole new licensing regime has got to be set up to give the ability to sell cannabis like we sell alcohol and or tobacco. However, Ford’s announcement to give private retailers licenses to sell cannabis was made in the months before his government was formed and took office. Before the election Ford was strongly in favour of private cannabis retail sales.  On June 29th,  Ford and the Progressive Conservative party took office, and herein to date when asked about access to cannabis private retail licenses, Ford replies with the statement that “this is a new road that we’ve never gone down and we have to protect the children”.

Only 10 weeks are left before the start of legal sales of recreational cannabis and still the main questions remain to be answered.  How will the sales of recreational cannabis be instituted and when can I make my license application? There will certainly be a lot of competition for a limited number of licenses. A professional expert in liquor license applications through years of experience in dealing with the AGCO will give you a head start in the race to get a cannabis license application approved. Sean O’Connor  is a qualified paralegal with 15 years experience in successful applications to the AGOC. He can be contacted at TEL: 416-835-7411

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, the AGCO, currently administers alcohol and lottery & gaming (including horse racing) to private individuals through licenses. The LCBO stores are administered by the LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario), which is a crown corporation that retails and distributes alcoholic beverages. It is accountable to the Ministry of Finance. The Ministry of Finance administers and regulates the licensing of tobacco retailers. Recently, questions to the Ontario Cannabis Store’s retail arm (the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corp) and the LCBO were referred to the Ministry of Finance to whom they are fully accountable.

Putting tobacco and the Ministry of Finance aside, the prevailing school of thought is that it will be the AGCO that will administer the licensing of private cannabis retailers. This will be the case if it is done in a hybrid for example like BC or the Yukon with its transitional model from public to private distribution or solely a private model like in Alberta. One way or the other, the ways by which a private retailer can successfully make application for a retail cannabis license is by being proactive and first out the gate. Contact Sean O’Connor at TEL: 416-835-7411 to arrange your cannabis retail license application consultation.

What Are Other Provinces in Canada Doing?

  • BRITISH COLUMBIA is going to have a Hybrid model whereby they will have both private and government sales of recreational cannabis
  • ALBERTA, SAKATCHEWAN, MANITOBA will have solely private retail sales of recreational cannabis
  • ONTARIO is currently going to have government sales of recreational cannabis but private retail sales of cannabis is under discussion
  • QUEBEC, NEW BRUNSWICK, NOVA SCOTIA & PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND are going to have government sales of recreational cannabis only
  • NEWFOUNDLAND will have privately licensed only sales of recreational cannabis
  • THE YUKON will initially have government sales only but will transition into private retail sales licenses sometime after
  • NORTHWEST TERRITORIES, NUNUVUT will have government sales of recreational cannabis

 

References

 

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  1. https://www.thestar.com/news/cannabis/2018/07/27/late-switch-to-private-sector-pot-sales-could-be-a-scramble-experts-say.html

 

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  1. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/from-marijuana-beer-to-pot-cookies-canadian-companies-creating-cannabis-edibles-1.4710308