The rules around opening a cannabis storefront can be confusing at the best of times – and these have not been the best of times. In addition to the specific obstacle course that each province presents for Canadian cannabis retailers, the wave of pot shops that have opened against the backdrop of COVID-19 have faced unpredictable consumer patterns, empty streets, and ever-evolving health and safety protocols, not the least of which has been a cap on the size of gatherings. 

Five independent cannabis retail operators told us, in their own words, about the experience of opening their stores during COVID-19.

Glenmore Cannabis at 2130 Glenmore Court SE, Calgary opened for business on April 17. (Photo courtesy Glenmore Cannabis)

My store is in a strip-mall…

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