Sudbury

Cannabis store 'Highlife' proposes to open in Sudbury big box complex

An old shoe store sandwiched in a strip mall between a dollar store and a make-up shop could become home to Sudbury's first legal cannabis store.

The public has until Mar. 6 to comment on the proposed location

A cannabis store called Highlife plans to open in the big box retail complex at 1299 Marcus Drive in Sudbury. (Erik White/CBC )

An old shoe store sandwiched in a strip mall between a dollar store and a make-up shop could become home to Sudbury's first legal cannabis store. 

A store called Highlife has filed an application to open a marijuana retail store at 1299 Marcus Drive.

It would be in the former location of Town Shoes, not far from the Silver City movie theatres and an LCBO outlet.

The store would be operated by Anton Lucic, who was one of the two northern Ontario licence winners in the cannabis lottery held by the provincial government last month.

As part of the licensing process, his proposed location is now open to comment until March 6.

The public can go on the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario web site and add their thoughts, but they have to be limited to concerns about public health and safety, restricting the access of youth to cannabis and preventing illicit activities related to cannabis.

The Ontario government is hoping to have its first 25 cannabis retail shops, including two in northern Ontario, open for business by April 1. 

The first legal cannabis store proposed for Sudbury plans to set up in this old shoe store not far from the Silver City movie theatres. (Erik White/CBC )

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Erik White is a CBC journalist based in Sudbury. He covers a wide range of stories about northern Ontario. Connect with him on Twitter @erikjwhite. Send story ideas to erik.white@cbc.ca

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