If you are looking to start a cannabis dispensary, we can help you get your business up and running by guiding you through the legal requirements and new laws.

Once the legislation has been enacted, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) will be moving quickly to define the licensing process for private retailers with the goal of having private stores licensed and open for business by April 1, 2019.

Considerations and regulations

There are legalities that need to be taken into account when starting a retail cannabis business. Here are a few:

  • Retail store building type and distance to a school
  • Customer age restrictions (19+)
  • Specific instances in which applicants will be denied a license, including cannabis-related criminal offenses. Notably, illegal cannabis retailers who were operating after October 17, 2018 are not eligible for Ontario cannabis sales licenses.
  • License prohibitions for individuals or organizations who have an association with organized crime
  • Good standing with the government regarding tax status
  • Standardized training for store employees

As a Certified Specialist in criminal law, we have the knowledge and experience to can help you navigate the complex and changing legal requirements and get your business up and running as quickly as possible.


Contact us today to let us provide you with the absolute best chance of an acquittal or guidance on setting up a cannabis retail store.