The Alcohol Gaming Commission of Ontario has announced who will be able to apply for Ontario's first cannabis retail licences.
The winners were selected through a lottery system Friday afternoon. There were approximately 17,000 applicants.
It is not yet known if there are any winners from Waterloo Region.
Winners now have five business days to submit formal applications with a $50,000 letter of credit and a $6,000 non-refundable fee.
The six winners from the province's west region, which includes Waterloo Region, are listed as:
- Steven Fry
- Lisa A Bigioni
- Ranjit basra
- 2674253 Ontario Inc.
- Santino J Coppolino
- Christopher Comrie
- The Niagara Herbalist
As of right now, cannabis can only be purchased legally through the province's government-operated website. The first retail cannabis stores are expected to open in April.