Politicians are panicking about retail cannabis—the industry is not amused.

In the last month or two, local news reporters across Ontario have emerged from the pandemic and seemingly noticed, to some shock, that cannabis retail has exploded.

There are 1000+ licensed stores in Ontario, and just over 2700 across Canada. These cannabis retail stores—which mainstream media insist on calling pot shops—are often concentrated in urban, commercial areas.

Are there too many pot shops in your neighbourhood?

reads a Toronto Star headline.

But unlike other businesses, like convenience stores or coffee shops, the spread of cannabis retail has been treated as a cause for concern among residents and politicians.

“Are there too many pot shops in your…

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