Toronto, Ontario

Scott Webb

Ontario Announces 25 Cannabis Retail License Winners

A significant portion of the winners are individuals or sole proprietorships, not established companies.

Full story after the jump.

Cannabis regulators in Ontario, Canada have announced the winners of the first 25 cannabis retail licenses in the province, according to the Financial Post.

Last week, the province opened a lottery for the first 25 licenses, though the limit is temporary. Now, regulators announced the lottery winners for operating a brick-and-mortar retail dispensary. In a surprising move, 64 percent of winners are not already established companies but rather Sole Proprietorships, or individuals.

Lottery winners now have until January 18 to submit a full Retail Operator License Application and pass a background check. Future licensees also must now pay $6,000 and obtain a letter of credit at a $50,000 minimum.

Should any of the winners fail to meet those requirements, Ontario regulators will begin pulling from the waitlist. Regulators have also included a built-in time pressure: if approved applicants do not have a store up and running by the end of April, they’ll be fined $25,000.

The winners are:

East Region
Daniel Telio
Brandon long
Patterson and Lavoie
Karan Someshwar

Greater Toronto Area Region
Guruveer Singh Sangha
David Nguyen
Tripsetter Inc.
Alexander Altman
Gary Hatt

Toronto Region
Heather Conlon
Colin Campbell
Dana Michele Kendal
Hunny Gawri

North Region
Anton Lucic
Saturninus Partners

West Region
Steven Fry
Lisa A Bigioni
Ranjit basra
2674253 Ontario Inc.
Santino J Coppolino
Christopher Comrie
The Niagara Herbalist

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