Ontario’s cannabis regulator promises to double monthly store approvals

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TORONTO – Ontario’s cannabis store regulator says it will double the number of stores it approves this fall.

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario says it will step up the pace of its approval process at the request of the province.

In April, the Ontario government said the AGCO would begin issuing 20 retail store authorizations per month.

The commission says it will contact all affected candidates to notify them of the change.

The AGCO says it has issued 164 approvals to date and 150 stores are currently open.

The commission says it continues to work with the government to increase the number of cannabis store licenses it approves each month.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on September 1, 2020.

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