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To open a retail store and sell recreational cannabis, there are two licences and an authorization that are required from the AGCO. These are:
To apply for an RSA, you must either hold a valid ROL issued by the AGCO or have submitted an application for an ROL with the AGCO. Applications for both an RSA and ROL can be submitted at the same time, but the ROL will be issued before the RSA is granted. Applicants are permitted to apply for up to 75 RSAs per ROL.
After your ROL and RSA applications have been submitted, the next step is the public notice process and store inspections by the AGCO. The public notice process involves posting a placard at the location of the proposed retail store location for 15 calendar days to allow the general public to provide feedback and comments. Prior to a RSA being issued and your cannabis retail store opening for business, the store location will be inspected by an AGCO Compliance Official on two separate occasions to confirm that all eligibility and store-specific requirements are met.
Finally, in order to ensure the responsible sale of cannabis, there must be at least one licensed Cannabis Retail Manager for each authorized store location. A Cannabis Retail Manager licence is required by the manager of each retail store location and/or any individuals who wish to perform one or more of the following functions in a cannabis retail store:
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