Retail cannabis lottery region puts Simcoe County, New
Tecumseth with Ottawa area
The provincial government's lottery for an initial 25 retail cannabis
stores distributed across five regions, opened yesterday at 12:01 am
and closes tomorrow (Jan. 9) at noon.
Applying involves an Expression of Interest Application, including a
$75 non-refundable fee.
Simcoe County, including New Tecumseth, is part of the East
region. It includes Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry; Prescott and
Russell; Ottawa; Leeds and
Grenville; Lanark; Frontenac; Lennox and Addington; Hastings; Prince
Edward; Northumberland; Peterborough; Kawartha Lakes; Muskoka;
Haliburton; and Renfrew.
An Applicant can apply for a separate license in each of the five
The 25 selected applicants will then have five business days following
notification to provide a non-refundable $6,000 fee, and post a $50,000
Letter of Credit.
"Expression of Interest Applicants, including its Affiliates if any,
who submit more than one Expression of Interest for the same Region
will be disqualified from the Lottery Process," according to
application preamble. "For clarity, where it is found that two
Applicants who are Affiliates of each other have applied to the same
region, both Applicants will be disqualified from the Lottery Process."
The best case timing scenario, according to the EOI lottery rules, is
retail stores opening April 1, 2019.
New Tecumseth councillors are expected to receive the results of a
public input process as to whether the Town should "opt in" or "opt
out" of allowing retail cannabis within the community.
A Free Press Online Facebook poll held in December finished 70 per cent
in favour of retail cannabis out of 651 votes cast.