April 17, 2019 1:58 pm
Updated: April 19, 2019 7:47 am

Hamilton’s first licensed cannabis store opens for business on Saturday

Hamilton's first licensed cannabis store opens this weekend at The Centre on Barton.

Don Mitchell
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There’s confirmation that Hamilton’s first licensed cannabis store will open this weekend.

Canna Cabana has rented out a storefront within The Centre on Barton St. and is slated to open its doors at 9 a.m. Saturday.

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The store’s operator, Stephen Fry, says his staff of 14 are going through extensive training and will be ready to answer questions about every strain of cannabis and other products.

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Fry says most are full-time, all will be paid a “liveable wage” with benefits. He added that this a wonderful time to be employed in an “emerging industry.”

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About 300 people applied to work in the Hamilton store in just two days when the job advertisement was posted.

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Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger will be on hand to cut the ribbon on Saturday morning near Barton St. and Kenilworth Ave., at the eastern end of the retail complex.

A second licensed store, Hello Cannabis in Dundas, is expected to open its doors to customers on April 26.

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