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Update on the Status of the Cannabis Allocation Lottery

By Joshua Hersh, Student-at-Law | August 30, 2019

On the morning of August 21, 2019, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) released its list of the 42 applicants that were chosen by lottery for new cannabis retail locations across the province. This was only the initial step in the process, as those selected are only given an opportunity to apply for a license, not guaranteed they will be granted one.

Those selected had until 5:00 PM EDT on Wednesday, August 28 to submit their completed applications and specified documentation.

According to an update released by the AGCO on August 30, 2019, of the 42 applicants:

  • 29 submitted their completed applications by the deadline are now in the process of being reviewed.
  • 12 did not submit the required documents by the deadline, and per Lottery Rule 14a, were disqualified.
  • 1 applicant, for reasons unspecified in the update, withdrew from the process.

As a result, 13 applicants that had been previously placed on the Wait Lists were brought forward and given the opportunity to submit completed applications for review.

The AGCO is now conducting eligibility evaluations of the submitted applications, which includes police and background checks of all the interested parties involved, as well monitoring for violations of the stringent lottery rules. If it is determined that any of the applications do not meet the legally mandated requirements, more applicants from the Wait List will be called upon to submit applications.

For any questions regarding the process or cannabis regulations and how they affect businesses, please contact Whitney Abrams at Turn on Javascript!.


Comments (3)

  1. Jules:
    Dec 29, 2018 at 12:53 AM

    Fascinating article. Very in depth. My one question is: from where would Canada import cannabis? Are there countries currently exporting cannabis legally? Uraguay seems like the most economical source, although shipping costs could be an issue.

  2. miss lena:
    Feb 24, 2019 at 01:52 PM


    All labels will need to be plain, not appealing to children, and make no health claims. For edibles, there may be no dietary claims, and for topicals, there may be no cosmetic claims. For all of the new product classes, packaging and labelling must not contain any elements that associate the product with an alcoholic beverage, alcohol, or an alcohol brand.

  3. miss lena:
    Feb 24, 2019 at 01:52 PM

    All labels will need to be plain, not appealing to children, and make no health claims. For edibles, there may be no dietary claims, and for topicals, there may be no cosmetic claims. For all of the new product classes, packaging and labelling must not contain any elements that associate the product with an alcoholic beverage, alcohol, or an alcohol brand.






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