Ottawa’s first round of proposed pot shops all receive licences

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All three of Ottawa’s proposed pot shops have received operating licences from the province ahead of April 1 – the date retail storefronts will be given the green light to open across Ontario.

Ten of the 22 applications filed to open Ontario’s first pot shops have so far received licences from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, including Ottawa’s three operators.

Alberta-based cannabis retail brand Fire & Flower, which will run the York Street storefront, released a statement Friday announcing it had secured a licence for its Ottawa shop as well as its Kingston location.

The AGCO’s website confirms that Superette and Hobo Recreational Cannabis, which will run stores in Wellington West and Centretown respectively, have also been approved for licences.

Smiths Falls pot grower Tweed is still waiting to hear whether its proposed shop in London – a partnership with Quebec’s Alimentation Couche Tard – will be approved before stores are expected to open next week.