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GIBBONS: Had I won the pot lottery, I was goin' for it, baby!

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Rats! Last night I waited in breathless anticipation for the phone to ring or an email to arrive. I checked the government website a hundred times in hopes of learning who won the lottery. Not Lotto 6-49 or Lotto-Max, although winning either would be kind of cool right now. I’m referring to that other lottery — the one some are calling The Golden Ticket to instant riches.

And when the results finally came last night, I was, well, defeated, deflated even. Because this week, I joined about 5,000 other Ontarians in applying for one of only a few precious government-issued licences to operate a cannabis shop. Alas, it was not to be. Incredibly, out of 3,263 eligible entries in Eastern Ontario, we have the dubious honour of finishing dead last.

Admittedly, the system was so rushed, we hadn’t done all our homework before applying only hours before the Wednesday noon deadline. No lease, no staff, no real business plan. But we had a logo and a name. Flyer’s Cove Cannabis: Come Fly with us. Catchy, no? It lacked the “Rocky Mountain High” cache of a Colorado emporium, but ours worked for us, had our application been plucked from the barrel. Didn’t happen. Poor us.

The lottery system set up by the Doug Ford Government chose........

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