Thousands of businesses shuttered in Toronto during the pandemic, but those empty storefronts of former bars, cafes and clothing stores have seemingly transformed overnight into one cannabis dispensary after the next.

Competition is fierce.

Some of the city’s most beloved haunts are now legal pot shops. Certain neighbourhoods like Kensington Market, which used to house a few discreet grey market shops prior to legalization in 2018, now have four cannabis shops just on one block.

Queen West, St. Lawrence Market and Leslieville aren’t much better and even beyond downtown, there’s no shortage of dispensaries to be had. There are more than 300 legal retail weed stores in Toronto so far in 2022 and the number is only expected to grow. 

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