Nova Cannabis has made an arrangement with one of the lottery winners to receive one of the initial 25 cannabis retail licences in Ontario, using a place planned for Toronto.
The chief executive of Alcanna Inc., that manages five Nova Cannabis shops in Alberta, states within this arrangement, lottery winner Heather Conlon receive the right to utilize its retail banner.
James Burns stated Conlon approached Alcanna — where accredited manufacturer Aurora Cannabis has a 25 percent stake — seeking help in setting up the store.
“She has a license agreement to use our title, and we are going to help her out with a some of the building, coaching… but it is her shop,” he explained.
It’s not a franchise arrangement, ” he added.
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario held a lottery for the right for entities to apply for the first 25 retail licences to start cannabis shops in Ontario starting April 1.
But, licensed manufacturers have been kept at bay because a retail licences can’t be issued to a company if more than 9.9 percent of it’s owned by one or more accredited cannabis manufacturers or their coworkers.
After the winners were announced, both investors and businesses rushed to associate together somehow to receive a retail foothold in Canada’s most populous state.
Nova’s arrangement is the most recent bargain between a lottery winner along with a massive cannabis retailer.
Internal Spirit Holdings’s subsidiary Spirit Leaf Inc. signed a deal with a lottery winner and intends to start its first Ontario place in Kingston. At the same time, Tragically-Hip backed bud manufacturer Up Cannabis has an agreement with Internal Spirit to truly have a”experiential hub” from the Kingston shop.
With a single undisclosed winner,” High Tide stated it entered into a letter of intent which, subject to acceptance, involves the purchase of a minority interest plus a monetary incentive for its help. As a part of its arrangement using another unnamed winner,” High Tide stated it’s been chosen to help with a prospective place in Hamilton.
Beneath AGCO regulations, the lottery winners can’t alter the title of the individual in their program or the corporate structure of the firm operating the shop.
The regulator before this month disqualified a lottery winner, who’d won the right to use a cannabis retail permit from the Greater Toronto Area.
Burns said Friday the lottery winner has a licensing agreement as a single proprietor and owns 100 percent of the shop.
“Everything was announced, we have attempted to make sure everything is above board,” Burns explained.