A cannabis store is set to open in Simcoe on Friday, but it will be a bit longer before customers will be able to purchase cannabis.
Jason Kane, manager of Capturing Eden Cannabis at 421 Queensway West, said the store would open as an accessory shop first while awaiting the go-ahead to order their cannabis products.
“We have passed all the compliance stages,” Kane stated. “After a few more inspections, (the government) will give us a date when we can order all our product in.”
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario website shows the status for Capturing Eden as “Application in Progress”.
The company will open two stores simultaneously in Haliburton and Owen Sound this month. Kane said he is helping the owners secure a location in Tillsonburg where he resides, aiming to open the latter at the end of the year.
The 4,500-square-foot Simcoe store will serve recreational cannabis consumers, selling products only from licensed producers in sealed packages with expiry dates.
Cannabis will be stored in a steel vault room, while 25 cameras in the store and outside will monitor activity. A security guard will check identification upon entry, and anyone who appears to be under the influence will be denied entry.
Kane said more people are getting into edibles and vaporisers because the don’t want to do the traditional rolling and smoking a “joint” that often produces an unpleasant odour.
He added that CBD products can be utilized without giving the high, allowing people to function throughout the day.
“It’s just getting past the stigma,” Kane said. “It’s all about education, and that’s what we’re trying to do here with information people can see and take with them.”
Posters in the store outline the differences in strains of cannabis, the effects when consumed with other substances such as alcohol, and ingesting versus inhaling cannabis.
The store will initially employ three to four people, but once it becomes an official cannabis store, the staff size will increase to between eight and 10.
“We want to make sure our staff – called bud tenders – are well versed in the benefits, so they can ask more questions, get feedback, and make proper recommendations,” Kane said.
Aiming to open on September 4, accessories available for purchase will range from bongs, grinders and papers to candles, and vaporisers.
“We decided that it made more sense to utilize this time to get people familiar with the…