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Cannabis Retail Licensing

Canada has officially passed Bill C-45, otherwise known as the Cannabis Act, making our country the first and only country in the G7 to allow for cultivation and retail sales of cannabis for recreational purposes. The “Retail Model” of recreational cannabis is within the provincial jurisdiction, affording each province to set forth its own unique framework for licensed retailers.

Ontario has proposed a three-part licensing regime as follows:

  1. A Retail Operator License is required for each business intending to operate a retail store;
  2. A Retail Store License is required for each physical store; and
  3. A Retail Manager License is required for each manager of a cannabis retail store.

Cannabis retail licenses will be issued by the AGCO (Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario) which has recently released the Registrar’s standards for the private sale of cannabis under the Cannabis Licence Act, 2018 (CLA) and Regulation 468/18. It is expected that applicants will be required to disclose information including, but not limited to, information about the business, information about the financial and criminal histories of individuals involved, links to licensed producers (LPs), the proposed location, and the proposed security plan in compliance with the Registrar’s standards.

At Carr Law, we are pleased to offer strategic planning in the following areas:

  • Structuring the business and incorporating services;
  • Creation of a detailed business plan, financial valuations and projections;
  • Creation of a detailed security plan, including security drawings and proposals; and
  • Completion and submission of an application for Cannabis Retail Licensing.

Our goal is to assist and navigate entrepreneurs and current business owners throughout this rather complex process to ensure all applications are submitted in compliance with the rules and regulations.

For more information, please contact Hirad Asnafi at (905) 553-2572 Ext. 224.


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