‘Now not esteem dark market’ — Essex County gets its first factual pot stores

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‘Now not esteem dark market’ — Essex County gets its first factual pot stores

‘Now not esteem dark market’ — Essex County gets its first factual pot stores

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Doug Schmidt  •  Windsor Star

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Nov 12, 2020  •   •  3 minute read

ESSEX, ONT:. NOVEMBER 11, 2020 - Anthony Cervini, owner of Tony's Joint in Essex, is pictured, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020.  (DAX MELMER/Windsor Star)
Anthony Cervini, owner of Tony’s Joint in Essex, is pictured, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. Advise by Dax Melmer /Windsor Star

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The owner of Essex County’s first factual retail pot store could well well perhaps no longer impartial right be Canada’s youngest cannabis businessman nevertheless additionally the country’s first second-technology entrepreneur in what is a sexy unique nevertheless increasing economic sector.

“My father became as soon as a co-founding father of Aphria — we’ve been in this on memoir of the origin,” said Anthony Cervini, the owner of Tony’s Joint in Essex, who finest no longer too prolonged within the past became 22.

John Cervini became as soon as one of many authentic principals within the attend of Leamington-essentially essentially based Aphria Inc. Begun in 2014 and first and well-known centered on the clinical marijuana market, the pioneering firm has grown into one of many glorious multibillion-buck cannabis firms on the planet, with a globally increasing footprint.

“I worked at Aphria since 2014 — I focal level on I indubitably private knowledge that about a of my competition doesn’t private,” Anthony told the Star Wednesday. That early insider savvy contains gleaming how strict and exacting the rules and authorities oversights are in rising, coping with and testing factual pot. “It’s no longer esteem the dark market.”

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Essex’s mayor and people of metropolis council helped decrease the ribbon at Saturday’s wide opening of the municipality’s most traditional industrial, nevertheless Tony’s Joint, located in a browsing plaza at 20 Talbot St. S., has been selling to the final public since its initial at ease opening on Oct. 17.

ESSEX, ONT:. NOVEMBER 11, 2020 - Anthony Cervini, owner of Tony's Joint in Essex, is pictured, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020.  (DAX MELMER/Windsor Star)
Anthony Cervini, owner of Tony’s Joint in Essex, is pictured, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. Advise by Dax Melmer /Windsor Star

Enterprise has already been “indubitably right,” said Cervini, with customers of all ages over 19 making an strive out the store’s cannabis-derived choices — the total lot from flower, vapes and concentrates to pre-rolls, topicals, drinks and edibles.

“It’s been superior — we’ve had each of us coming in who know precisely what they want, to of us coming in, searching for to be taught extra,” said Cervini.

With the provincial authorities no longer too prolonged within the past accelerating the tempo at which bricks-and-mortar retail cannabis stores in Ontario are accredited, Essex County already has a second factual retail pot store accredited, and Windsor seen the outlet of its fifth such industrial.

Also opening its doorways this month within the county became as soon as the Amherstburg Cannabis Firm at 268 Sandwich St. S, which, esteem Tony’s Joint, is commence seven days per week. In Windsor, SpiritLeaf at 1550 Huron Church Facet road became the well-known such operation on the metropolis’s west aspect.

The checklist of Windsor retail hopefuls additionally continues to develop, with 25 other pot store functions mute within the regulatory approvals processing stage at the Alcohol and Gaming Price of Ontario (AGCO), a elevated number than in London, a metropolis with double the population.

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ESSEX, ONT:. NOVEMBER 11, 2020 - Tony's Joint, the first cannabis store in the Town of Essex, and located next to Service Ontario, is pictured, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020.  (DAX MELMER/Windsor Star)
Tony’s Joint, the well-known cannabis store within the Town of Essex, and located next to Carrier Ontario, is pictured, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. Advise by Dax Melmer /Windsor Star

Amherstburg and Essex every private one other application ahead of the AGCO, and there are two pending functions in Leamington and one in Lakeshore. Town councils in LaSalle, Tecumseh and Kingsville private all, to this level no longer decrease than, prohibited such bricks-and-mortar industrial operations from being realistic within their municipal boundaries.

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Cervini, who’s from Leamington, decided on locating his first industrial within the Town of Essex as a alternative, due to its extra central county topic, as smartly as future industrial considerations.

As an industry insider, Cervini knew that licensed producers — esteem Aphria and a rising different of others expected in Leamington, which is rising as a Canadian industrial pot rising centre — are legally accredited to place retail stores at the locations the put they develop their product.

Within the neighborhood, none private done so yet, nevertheless “I knew there shall be too mighty competition (in Leamington),” said the owner of Tony’s Joint.

Curiously, given the stigma that also prevails all the method via the use of marijuana — the possession and use of which became as soon as a crime in Canada ahead of Oct. 17, 2018 — each county pot stores are mere steps a ways off from symbols of authorities authority. The Amherstburg Cannabis Firm is all the method via the avenue from metropolis hall, and Tony’s Joint shares a browsing plaza with a busy ServiceOntario outlet.

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AMHERSTBURG, ONT:. NOVEMBER 11, 2020 - The Amherstburg Cannabis Co., a new  cannabis retail shop, located across from the Amherstburg Municipal Building, is pictured, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020.  (DAX MELMER/Windsor Star)
The Amherstburg Cannabis Co., a brand unique cannabis retail store, located all the method via from the Amherstburg Municipal Constructing, is pictured, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. Advise by Dax Melmer /Windsor Star
WINDSOR, ONT:. NOVEMBER 11, 2020 - SPIRITLEAF, a new cannabis retail shop located in Ambassador Plaza, is pictured, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020.  (DAX MELMER/Windsor Star)
SPIRITLEAF, a brand unique cannabis retail store located in Ambassador Plaza, is pictured, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. Advise by Dax Melmer /Windsor Star
AMHERSTBURG, ONT:. NOVEMBER 11, 2020 - The Amherstburg Cannabis Co., a new  cannabis retail shop, is pictured, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020.  (DAX MELMER/Windsor Star)
The Amherstburg Cannabis Co., a brand unique cannabis retail store, is pictured, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. Advise by Dax Melmer /Windsor Star

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