A handful of Ottawa recreational pot stores opened up in Ontario yesterday (April 1, 2019) sparking what is sure to be an exciting time for Canada as buying weed has been taken to a whole new level. Though only 10 of the 25 lucky lottery winners were ready to open their doors, three of which were in Ottawa, 420 consumers were excited to see what they could get in their local hometowns.
Cindy Pokey, one of Hobo Recreational Cannabis Store’s first customers said she was happy about the opening of a physical weed dispensary in Ottawa, claiming marijuana from places like Hobo is “…clean, no garbage in it, no fentanyl. It’s absolutely wonderful.”
Dozens more joined Pokey outside of Hobo before its 10 a.m. opening – helping make Ottawa one of the cannabis hotspots in Ontario – for now.
The other two Ottawa weed dispensaries – Fire & Flower York Street Cannabis and Superette – joined Hobo in opening up shop and creating an inviting, welcoming, and comfortable place for 420 consumers to buy their favorite cannabis products. After all, not everyone that walks through their doors is going to be an experienced cannabis user.
Featuring airy, modern, and trendy décor, these new brick-and-mortar shops are trying to do away with the stigma that smoking marijuana is a bad thing. People like Shawn MacAleese, a cannabis activist that has been arresting fighting for the legalization of weed, was happy to see this day finally come.
And with hopes of drawing 1,000 customers or more a day, much like the illegal weed dispensary Cannabis Culture that used to occupy the building before being shutdown, marijuana dispensaries like Hobo are keeping their fingers crossed they have enough product on stock to keep the customers coming back for more.
Aside from the three Ottawa dispensaries, you can expect other Ontario retail weed dispensaries to open in the following cities (hopefully soon!):
- Niagara Falls
- St. Catharines
The Retail Weed Dispensary Experience
As mentioned above, Ottawa recreational pot stores are aiming for their spaces to be open and warm so no one feels any shame for buying marijuana. In fact, Isaac Watson, vice-president of product development & retail experience for the Fire & Flower dispensary says their space focuses on modern Canadiana, complete with wood and metallic copper accents.
As a 420 consumer shopping in a retail weed dispensary in Ottawa, you can expect employees to be knowledgeable and helpful. This is a new industry and there’s going to be lots of competition once things smooth out, so employees are going to need to provide stellar customer service to secure loyal customers.
In addition, you can rest assured that all weed dispensary employees, managers, and retail license holders will have completed the CannSell retail certification program. This required program teaches employees about cannabis, its effects, safe methods for consumption, and even its associated risks so they can pass this information onto customers looking for answers.
Want to see and smell products before you buy?
Though “sensory display containers” such as the ones found online at Bud Bar Displays are allowed in Ontario weed dispensaries so customers can see and smell the marijuana products they want to buy, the AGCO requires the containers to be locked and tamper-proof so customers cannot touch the cannabis.
What About Security?
As of now, the only required security measure for Ontario weed dispensaries will be 24/7 cameras to capture footage of the interior of the shop, as well as the immediate exterior. Adding to that, the footage must be kept for a minimum of 30 days.
Though security guards are not required, shop owners may choose to employ guards to control the expected crowds in these first few weeks to keep everything under control.
Lastly, windows on marijuana dispensaries will not be required to have bars on them, though the window tint must be dark enough so that no one, especially young children, can see any product on the inside.
And speaking of children…
Unlike the LCBO and Beer Stores in Ontario, weed dispensaries in all of Ontario will not allow children to enter. In fact, anyone that appears under the age of 25 will be required to show proof of age using a form of government-issued identification.
Will There Be More Retail Weed Dispensaries?
The only thing we know right now is that the cap on the 25 retail weed dispensaries will end in December, meaning there will be room for more retail shops to open up if they receive licenses from the AGCO. However, things are always changing in this new industry, so don’t be surprised if more dispensaries open up sooner than that.
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