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Winners of cannabis store lottery announced

It appears Ontario's initial cannabis retail sector will be dominated by entrepreneurs, not corporations
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Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario has released the names of 25 winners of a lottery held to determine who may apply for the province's first cannabis retail licences.

The winners, selected from 17,000 applicants, were drawn at 3:16 p.m. Friday and released that evening.

They are largely entrepreneurs, not corporations.

The six winners from the province's west region, which includes Guelph, are listed as:

  • Steven Fry
  • Lisa A Bigioni
  • Ranjit basra
  • 2674253 Ontario Inc.
  • Santino J Coppolino
  • Christopher Comrie
  • The Niagara Herbalist

No further information was provided about the winners, including the communities in which they are based.

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Winners now have five business days to submit formal applications with a $50,000 letter of credit and a $6,000 non-refundable fee.

Ontario's first private cannabis stores are expected to open Apr. 1

Until then, recreational cannabis can only be legally sold through the province's government-operated website.

Winners in other parts of the province are:

  • Daniel Telio (east region)
  • Brandon Iong (east region)
  • Patterson and Lavoie (east region)
  • Karan Someshwar (east region)
  • Anton Lucic (north region)
  • Saturninus Partners (north region)
  • Heather Conlon (Toronto region)
  • Seyedarash Seyedameri (Toronto region)
  • Colin Campbell (Toronto region)
  • Dana Michele Kendal (Toronto region)
  • Hunny Gawri (Toronto region)
  • Guruveer Singh Sangha (Greater Toronto Area region)
  • David Nguyen (Greater Toronto Area region)
  • Tripsetter Inc. (Greater Toronto Area region)
  • Alexander Altman (Greater Toronto Area region)
  • CGS Foods Inc. (Greater Toronto Area region)
  • Gary Hatt (Greater Toronto Area region)