Ottawa’s 1st legal cannabis shop could open on Wellington Street W.

The first proposal to open a legal cannabis shop in eastern Ontario would see a store on Wellington Street W. near Island Park Drive.

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has posted an application by the unnamed people behind a store called Superette at 1306 Wellington St. W.

Residents and city officials now have until Feb. 22 to let the AGCO know what they think.

One of the conditions to approve a store location is whether it’s in the public interest. Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson is one of the voices arguing that communities should have more say in where stores end up.

​Retail sales are set to begin across Ontario starting April 1.

Employees at retail locations can start training on Monday. They will be required to complete the Cannsell training program unveiled by the province this week, and will also be required to undergo a criminal background check.

Customers older than 19 will be able to see and smell the products before they purchase them, but stores will have to use locked and tamper-proof containers.

Stores are required to be 150 metres away from any school and can operate between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m.

They will also have to ensure any products or accessories are not visible from the street.

The AGCO has issued four more licences for eastern Ontario, including Barrie.

The locations of those stores have not been announced and the people behind them have not come forward.

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