A second company has plans to open a store in Sarnia selling legal, recreational marijuana.
Sessions Cannabis is seeking provincial approval for an outlet at 600 Murphy Rd. to be owned and operated by city businessman Armarjit Singh.
“We’re pumped to be opening up in Sarnia. It’s a market that’s been overlooked by many,” Sessions CEO Steven Fry told The Journal.
The company hopes the store can be approved and operating next to the Real Canadian Superstore by this summer, creating 10 new jobs.
Singh said he’s pleased to be working with an experienced cannabis brand.
“The location itself is ideal with long-standing businesses nearby, and an easy-to-access storefront,” he said.
There are currently no provincially approved recreational cannabis stores in Sarnia-Lambton.
To legally operate, a store’s layout and location must be approved, and residents must have an opportunity to provide input.
Fry said once the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario gives the word, a store sign will go up calling for community feedback. Residents have 15 days to respond.
“I haven’t had a store yet that hasn’t had a complaint,” he said. “So far, we’ve had challenges but never have we been unable to open because of public complaints.”
Ontario’s first retail cannabis store was a Sessions Cannabis franchise, and the company hopes to open 30 stores this year, he said.
“We provide educational experiences. It’s really helpful for the community because you’re stomping out the black market that exists with an unregulated product.”
Ontario said last year it was replacing its unpopular lottery system with an open licensing program while removing the cap on the number of private cannabis stores.
As The Journal reported recently, another retail cannabis application for a Sarnia store was already under review by the AGCO.
The location for the proposed Natures Buds outlet is 1362 Lambton Mall Rd., unit 20.