The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has taken an innovative approach to Retail Store Pre-Authorization/Opening Inspections in light of the physical distancing requirements due to COVID-19. According to a release by MJBizDaily, as of May 14th, the AGCO had carried 210 pre-inspection activities virtually using video chat smartphone applications.
This innovation is the latest method in which the AGCO has facilitated the continued development of cannabis retail in Ontario, following the announcement of the provincial government’s Emergency Order back in early April.
The Emergency Order, which came into effect April 4th, suspended the issuance of Retail Store Authorizations (RSA’s) and forced retail stores to close their doors, which at the time was anticipated to be a blow against an already beleaguered industry. However, on April 7th, the AGCO announced that cannabis retail stores would be able to reopen and offer delivery and curbside pick-up, albeit with some restrictions. The AGCO followed this up two weeks later with an announcement that they would resume the issuance of RSA’s.
If you are looking to submit an RSA or are looking for more information on how to obtain an RSA, or a Retail Operator Licence, a Retail Manager Licence, or any other cannabis licence, please contact dicentra Cannabis Consulting today.