Nearly 17,000 applicants participated in the lottery to win the right to apply for a licence to run one of Ontario’s first cannabis shops.
And the majority of the 25 lucky entrepreneurs chosen in Friday’s draw were individuals, not corporations, according to results posted Friday night by the Alcohol and Gaming Corporation of Ontario.
Trina Fraser, an Ottawa lawyer who is a key adviser to the cannabis industry, tweeted that she didn’t recognize any of the winners.
Crazy how many sole proprietors applied/won. To be expected I guess but a terrible way to operate.
— Trina Fraser (@trinafraser) January 12, 2019
She warned that individuals may have a harder time getting stores up and running by the province’s April 1 deadline.
Going on the record now with maybe 4 or 5 stores open on April 1 if we’re lucky. If you haven’t incorporated, you probably don’t have a space