Application filed for second pot shop in London
There has been a second application for a storefront cannabis location in London, Ont. at 1025 Wellington Road in the city's south end.
The planned location is in the same shopping plaza as a south-end Beer Store, Chapters and Farm Boy, just north of White Oaks Mall.
The application is for a store called to be called Tweed, a brand that currently operates stores in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Newfoundland and Labrador.
The brand belongs to Canopy Growth Corporation, a cannabis producer, which raises questions about how it fits within Ontario's rules, which prevent producers from operating stores.
A news release indicates Canopy is partnering with Quebec-based convenience store giant Couch-Tarde and the retail licence lottery winner for the location.
Still, while the release says the lottery winner "will have full ownership and control over the London store," the retail licence holder will need to be cautious.
Pete Young, co-founder of Indiva, a licenced cannabis producer, says there are going to be a lot of questions.
"Are they loaning out their name, did they sell their name, does it mean myself as a founder of a licensed producer that I can loan out the Indiva name? I don't think so, so it's, that's going to be probably some of the bigger questions right now is who actually owns this store."
An application for a shop at 666 Wonderland Road, at Oxford Street, had previously been received by the Alcohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario.
There were 25 licence winners in the province's storefront cannabis lottery, all of which are expected to open their doors on April 1.