The process includes completing a 70-page application form. The province then charges a $400 fee for each store location, a $700 annual licence fee, and a $3,000 deposit for background checks. "Each application takes anywhere from two to four months just for the background checks alone," said Heather Holmen, AGLC spokesperson.
The Elbow Room Cafe, a beloved Vancouver breakfast spot, will be leaving its current location on Davie Street because it sits on one of the city-owned sites slated to be knocked down and redeveloped into new housing units. Staff say they're unsure if the cafe — known as much for its eggs benedict as the sarcastic banter of its employees — will reopen in another location or close its doors for good.
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The fight over commercial space with a three per cent vacancy rate in Calgary has led to furious bidding wars with some wannabe bud merchants offering to pay many times over regular market value. Those include hefty, non-refundable deposits on space with no guarantee of civic approval, say those in the business. “Extraordinary things are being done to get into cannabis retail,” said Nathan Mison of Edmonton-based company Fire and Flower, which is seeking seven Calgary locations. “I’ve seen examples of three times the market value — it’s a furor.”
The City of Winnipeg has decided not to create any new rules to govern where cannabis can be sold — but clear glass windows won't be allowed at weed stores.