Ottawa’s 3 Retail Cannabis Shops Are Officially Open

The shops opened in Centretown, ByWard Market and Wellington West

All three private cannabis shops permitted to open in Ottawa as of today did so on time, while elsewhere in Ontario, some stores aren’t yet ready for customers. Cynthia Judge lined up outside the Hobo Recreational Cannabis Store on Bank Street at 7 a.m. It’s the same space the illegal cannabis dispensary Cannabis Culture used to operate out of before it was raided by police and its owners were evicted.

A former employee at Cannabis Culture, Shawn MacAleese, told CBC News he has doubts about the new store. “They should be just as good as going to the LCBO and being able to talk to someone about wine,” he said. “I’m interested to see if they actually do know what they’re talking about. I have good reason to believe that some of them might not.”

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