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Retail cannabis lottery region puts Simcoe County, New Tecumseth with Ottawa area

Posted January 8, 2019

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.

The other regions are:

GTA: Durham; York; Peel; Halton;

City of Toronto.

North: Nipissing; Parry Sound; Sudbury; Greater Sudbury; Timiskaming; Cochrane; Algoma; Thunder Bay; Rainy River; Kenora

West: Dufferin; Wellington; Hamilton; Niagara; Haldimand-Norfolk; Brant; Waterloo; Perth; Oxford; Elgin; Chatham-Kent; Essex; Lambton; Middlesex; Huron; Bruce; Grey; Manitoulin

An Applicant can apply for a separate license in each of the five Regions.

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.

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