The second lottery round of cannabis retail licenses is set to be announced, and Windsor-Essex might finally see a store in the region.
Currently, the closest licensed cannabis retail store is in London, Ont.
In the region, only three municipalities remain ‘opted-out’ of cannabis retail: LaSalle, Tecumseh and Lakeshore.
During the second round, all municipalities are eligible for a store, regardless of population size. This means Amherstburg, Kingsville, Essex, Leamington and Pelee Island might see a store open in town.
Amherstburg passed a proactive cannabis retail nuisance bylaw unanimously, which allows the town some say in regulating any potential stores.
“Under the municipal act we can regulate nuisances,” said manager of licensing and enforcement Nicole Rubli when the bylaw was passed. “We’re not able to do a licensing program.”
Windsor, Sarnia and Chatham-Kent were previously eligible for a retail store due to their population size.
Interested applicants must have met pre-qualification requirements including a letter of secured retail space, a bank letter confirming access to $250,000 and a bank letter confirming ability to get a $50,000 standby letter of credit.
The second round of the cannabis store lottery in Ontario will issue 42 more licenses. Eleven of those will be in the West Region, which runs roughly from Windsor to Niagara.
Newly licensed stores can open as early as October.