Both companies received their retail store authorization (RSA) from the province on April 20, a representative from the AGCO confirms.
At least a few licenced producers in Ontario say they hope to open their new, on-site “farmgate” retail locations in the coming months. Thrive Cannabis in Simcoe says they are putting the final touches on their retail store, with hopes of opening by April 20. Dykstra Cannabis in St. Catharines says they hope to have their own on-site retail store open by the end of this year.
Across Canada, cannabis is being sold legally in retail outlets and online. However, there’s one model that, to date, has had limited uptake: farmgate, wherein a licensed provider can sell directly to the consumer at the point of production.