Dundas application for retail cannabis store under review

News Mar 13, 2019 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

Hello Cannabis, which opened a medical marijuana education centre last year at 51 Cootes Dr. in Dundas, is under review for the seventh and final retail cannabis licence in the west region.

The licence application is for 57 Cootes Dr., the currently vacant space next to the Beer Store, and filed under the name Santino J. Coppolino. It was posted for a 15-day public commenting period by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario on Wednesday morning, March 13.

The Dundas Star News interviewed Hello Cannabis president and CEO Stephen Verbeek back in 2017.

At the time, Verbeek said he hoped the province would eventually allow private cannabis retailers when legalization occurred.

Hello Cannabis does not currently sell any products, instead providing information and assistance to people licensed to buy medical marijuana from legal providers.

On March 13, shortly after the Hello Cannabis licence commenting period was announced, Verbeek was already fielding several media calls about one of Hamilton’s two planned legal cannabis retail stores.

Verbeek told the Dundas Star News they want to bring an informed and educational focus “unique from the illegal dispensaries Hamilton is used to.”

They plan to only hire experts in the field of cannabis and Verbeek said Hello Cannabis is particularly qualified to do all of this because of the past three years of experience educating people and helping them access medical marijuana. He noted he is speaking as an expert on the industry in Canada at a Berlin conference later this month.

He said they have made a positive impact on local health care and aim to continue that positive impact on the community.

Verbeek said Hello Cannabis will still operate its medical marijuana education centre while expanding into retail in the vacant space at 57 Cootes Dr. — most recently former MPP Ted McMeekin’s campaign headquarters and previously a temporary library location.

Verbeek acknowledged potential public concerns about location and not coming into conflict with schools, daycares or even neighbouring retailers who are unsure of legal cannabis stores — all of which is avoided at the proposed location. He noted they are looking to open in the space next door to the Beer Store, a business already distributing a regulated substance — also overseen by the AGCO.

But Verbeek said they hope to continue educating the community and alleviate any misinformation and stigmatization of customers.

“We anticipate having a dramatically positive impact on the downtown Dundas business community,” Verbeek said.

He said Wednesday afternoon that the AGCO had just completed its first inspection of the location.

Dundas city Coun. Arlene VanderBeek said she is awaiting community feedback, and city staff comments, on the application over the next couple of weeks, while noting the rules and process are regulated by the province, not the city.

VanderBeek said she’s happy the proposed location is not directly in the downtown core, where it might have had residential units above it.

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario listed the Hello Cannabis application on its 15-day public commenting period list of applications. Residents have 15 days from Wednesday, March 13, to comment on the proposal. Comments can be submitted online to the AGCO.

In 2018, the owner of the property Hello Cannabis and the Beer Store are located on (between Cootes Drive and King Street East at East Street North) applied to the City of Hamilton to build a six-storey, 22-metre building with 55 residential units and 1,115 square feet of ground-floor commercial space.

Comments will be provided to the retail cannabis applicant, who then has five days to respond. The AGCO registrar then reviews all the submitted information and decides whether to issue a retail licence.

“The registrar at the AGCO will consider written submissions as to why the proposed store may not be in the public interest,” said spokesperson Raymond Kahnert.

Kahnert said matters of public interest the registrar will consider include — protecting public health and safety, protecting youth and restricting their access to cannabis, and preventing illicit activities in relation to cannabis.

After a licence is approved, but before a private cannabis retail store opens for business, the store location must be inspected by an AGCO compliance official on two separate occasions to confirm that all eligibility and store-specific requirements are met. The first inspection is called a retail store pre-authorization inspection, which is conducted prior to a retail store authorization being issued, and the second inspection is a pre-store opening inspection, which will be done prior to the opening of the store.

Dundas application for retail cannabis store under review

Public has until March 27 to comment on proposed Cootes Drive site

News Mar 13, 2019 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

Hello Cannabis, which opened a medical marijuana education centre last year at 51 Cootes Dr. in Dundas, is under review for the seventh and final retail cannabis licence in the west region.

The licence application is for 57 Cootes Dr., the currently vacant space next to the Beer Store, and filed under the name Santino J. Coppolino. It was posted for a 15-day public commenting period by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario on Wednesday morning, March 13.

The Dundas Star News interviewed Hello Cannabis president and CEO Stephen Verbeek back in 2017.

At the time, Verbeek said he hoped the province would eventually allow private cannabis retailers when legalization occurred.

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Hello Cannabis does not currently sell any products, instead providing information and assistance to people licensed to buy medical marijuana from legal providers.

On March 13, shortly after the Hello Cannabis licence commenting period was announced, Verbeek was already fielding several media calls about one of Hamilton’s two planned legal cannabis retail stores.

Verbeek told the Dundas Star News they want to bring an informed and educational focus “unique from the illegal dispensaries Hamilton is used to.”

They plan to only hire experts in the field of cannabis and Verbeek said Hello Cannabis is particularly qualified to do all of this because of the past three years of experience educating people and helping them access medical marijuana. He noted he is speaking as an expert on the industry in Canada at a Berlin conference later this month.

He said they have made a positive impact on local health care and aim to continue that positive impact on the community.

Verbeek said Hello Cannabis will still operate its medical marijuana education centre while expanding into retail in the vacant space at 57 Cootes Dr. — most recently former MPP Ted McMeekin’s campaign headquarters and previously a temporary library location.

Verbeek acknowledged potential public concerns about location and not coming into conflict with schools, daycares or even neighbouring retailers who are unsure of legal cannabis stores — all of which is avoided at the proposed location. He noted they are looking to open in the space next door to the Beer Store, a business already distributing a regulated substance — also overseen by the AGCO.

But Verbeek said they hope to continue educating the community and alleviate any misinformation and stigmatization of customers.

“We anticipate having a dramatically positive impact on the downtown Dundas business community,” Verbeek said.

He said Wednesday afternoon that the AGCO had just completed its first inspection of the location.

Dundas city Coun. Arlene VanderBeek said she is awaiting community feedback, and city staff comments, on the application over the next couple of weeks, while noting the rules and process are regulated by the province, not the city.

VanderBeek said she’s happy the proposed location is not directly in the downtown core, where it might have had residential units above it.

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario listed the Hello Cannabis application on its 15-day public commenting period list of applications. Residents have 15 days from Wednesday, March 13, to comment on the proposal. Comments can be submitted online to the AGCO.

In 2018, the owner of the property Hello Cannabis and the Beer Store are located on (between Cootes Drive and King Street East at East Street North) applied to the City of Hamilton to build a six-storey, 22-metre building with 55 residential units and 1,115 square feet of ground-floor commercial space.

Comments will be provided to the retail cannabis applicant, who then has five days to respond. The AGCO registrar then reviews all the submitted information and decides whether to issue a retail licence.

“The registrar at the AGCO will consider written submissions as to why the proposed store may not be in the public interest,” said spokesperson Raymond Kahnert.

Kahnert said matters of public interest the registrar will consider include — protecting public health and safety, protecting youth and restricting their access to cannabis, and preventing illicit activities in relation to cannabis.

After a licence is approved, but before a private cannabis retail store opens for business, the store location must be inspected by an AGCO compliance official on two separate occasions to confirm that all eligibility and store-specific requirements are met. The first inspection is called a retail store pre-authorization inspection, which is conducted prior to a retail store authorization being issued, and the second inspection is a pre-store opening inspection, which will be done prior to the opening of the store.

Dundas application for retail cannabis store under review

Public has until March 27 to comment on proposed Cootes Drive site

News Mar 13, 2019 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

Hello Cannabis, which opened a medical marijuana education centre last year at 51 Cootes Dr. in Dundas, is under review for the seventh and final retail cannabis licence in the west region.

The licence application is for 57 Cootes Dr., the currently vacant space next to the Beer Store, and filed under the name Santino J. Coppolino. It was posted for a 15-day public commenting period by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario on Wednesday morning, March 13.

The Dundas Star News interviewed Hello Cannabis president and CEO Stephen Verbeek back in 2017.

At the time, Verbeek said he hoped the province would eventually allow private cannabis retailers when legalization occurred.

Related Content

Hello Cannabis does not currently sell any products, instead providing information and assistance to people licensed to buy medical marijuana from legal providers.

On March 13, shortly after the Hello Cannabis licence commenting period was announced, Verbeek was already fielding several media calls about one of Hamilton’s two planned legal cannabis retail stores.

Verbeek told the Dundas Star News they want to bring an informed and educational focus “unique from the illegal dispensaries Hamilton is used to.”

They plan to only hire experts in the field of cannabis and Verbeek said Hello Cannabis is particularly qualified to do all of this because of the past three years of experience educating people and helping them access medical marijuana. He noted he is speaking as an expert on the industry in Canada at a Berlin conference later this month.

He said they have made a positive impact on local health care and aim to continue that positive impact on the community.

Verbeek said Hello Cannabis will still operate its medical marijuana education centre while expanding into retail in the vacant space at 57 Cootes Dr. — most recently former MPP Ted McMeekin’s campaign headquarters and previously a temporary library location.

Verbeek acknowledged potential public concerns about location and not coming into conflict with schools, daycares or even neighbouring retailers who are unsure of legal cannabis stores — all of which is avoided at the proposed location. He noted they are looking to open in the space next door to the Beer Store, a business already distributing a regulated substance — also overseen by the AGCO.

But Verbeek said they hope to continue educating the community and alleviate any misinformation and stigmatization of customers.

“We anticipate having a dramatically positive impact on the downtown Dundas business community,” Verbeek said.

He said Wednesday afternoon that the AGCO had just completed its first inspection of the location.

Dundas city Coun. Arlene VanderBeek said she is awaiting community feedback, and city staff comments, on the application over the next couple of weeks, while noting the rules and process are regulated by the province, not the city.

VanderBeek said she’s happy the proposed location is not directly in the downtown core, where it might have had residential units above it.

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario listed the Hello Cannabis application on its 15-day public commenting period list of applications. Residents have 15 days from Wednesday, March 13, to comment on the proposal. Comments can be submitted online to the AGCO.

In 2018, the owner of the property Hello Cannabis and the Beer Store are located on (between Cootes Drive and King Street East at East Street North) applied to the City of Hamilton to build a six-storey, 22-metre building with 55 residential units and 1,115 square feet of ground-floor commercial space.

Comments will be provided to the retail cannabis applicant, who then has five days to respond. The AGCO registrar then reviews all the submitted information and decides whether to issue a retail licence.

“The registrar at the AGCO will consider written submissions as to why the proposed store may not be in the public interest,” said spokesperson Raymond Kahnert.

Kahnert said matters of public interest the registrar will consider include — protecting public health and safety, protecting youth and restricting their access to cannabis, and preventing illicit activities in relation to cannabis.

After a licence is approved, but before a private cannabis retail store opens for business, the store location must be inspected by an AGCO compliance official on two separate occasions to confirm that all eligibility and store-specific requirements are met. The first inspection is called a retail store pre-authorization inspection, which is conducted prior to a retail store authorization being issued, and the second inspection is a pre-store opening inspection, which will be done prior to the opening of the store.