“They need to get rid of this lottery system and just start approving stores that are ready, because we’ve been ready for inspection since January,” says McLean.
Despite being No. 652 on the waiting list, 420 Kingston owner Jennawae McLean said she is optimistic that her company will eventually get a licence to sell cannabis.
“And from what we can tell, the people who have won for the eastern region are not from Kingston.”
Owner of head shop 420 Kingston Jennawae McLean is hopeful her application will be chosen, since she’s been renovating a large cannabis retail space for several months she’s named Calyx and Trichomes.
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario will be accepting expression of interest applications come next week. The lottery system will be used to help select 25 possible applicants and a wait list.
“Are we surprised by the content of the announcement? No,” Jennawae McLean said. “We have been calling this since legalization was announced that there would be a shortage of cannabis.”