After 2 rounds of licensing per lottery and several delayed cannabis store openings, Ontario finally decided to move to an open market system that removes the cap on cannabis licenses. The new licensing system will allow an unlimited number of stores to be licensed over time.
Details have not yet been fully announced, but it is already clear that the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) will begin accepting retail operator license (ROL) applications on January 6, 2020, and will accept store opening applications (RSA) on March 2, 2020.
Not all applications will, of course, be acceptable, as each application is subject to review and take a different processing time depending on the complexity of the application. These factors could include the number of shareholders or directors attached to the company.
The government expects to open 20 stores per month from April, for a total of 250 cannabis stores by the end of 2020.
The new rules will limit each operator to a maximum of 10 stores. A limit that will increase to 30 by September 2020 and 75 by September 2021. The province will also allow click-and-collect services and allow stores to sell by-products such as magazines and cookbooks on cannabis.
In response to the federal government’s decision to legalize cannabis. Our government is committed to opening the cannabis market in the most responsible way possible. Said Attorney General Doug Downey. We have always said that opening more legal stores is the most effective way to fight the illicit market. Besides , protect our children and protect our communities. This is our number one priority. »
The licensing process is available online on the Ontario website.