On April 19, 2023, the City of Toronto’s bustling suburb of Mississauga permitted the establishment of cannabis retail establishments within its limits. This decision marks a significant step in the region’s efforts to establish a cannabis industry. In this blog, we will talk about the implications of the decision for the general public and entrepreneurs, as well as how to legally operate a cannabis store in the city.

Several municipalities across Ontario have decided to allow or prohibit the establishment of marijuana retail stores following the country’s legalization of the substance in 2018. Although the City of Mississauga initially opted not to allow the sale of marijuana, its officials reconsidered their position due to the growing number illicit stores that have popped up and due to the people who are interested in participating in the industry.

The decision by the City of Mississauga to allow the establishment of cannabis retail stores is expected to have a positive impact on the local economy. It will allow local residents and entrepreneurs to participate in the growing industry and create jobs. The move is also expected to increase the availability of marijuana products for adults.

We’ve prepared this blog post to show you how to establish a cannabis retail store in Mississauga.

How to Legally Open a Cannabis Store in Mississauga:

1. Familiarize yourself with provincial and federal regulations

Before you start working in the cannabis industry, it’s important that you thoroughly understand the federal and provincial regulations regarding the distribution and sale of marijuana. These regulations cover the packaging, labelling, security measures, and marketing of the substance.

2. Obtain a Retail Operator License from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario

You must first acquire a Retail Operating License from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), which shows that you have the necessary background and financial resources to operate a cannabis shop. The organization has a guide that will help you navigate the process.

3. Secure a retail location

You must then secure a suitable retail space for your cannabis shop. You need to carefully follow the rules set out by the province of Ontario and the AGCO. One rule to be mindful of: your location should be at least 150 meters away from schools. Another is that your location must be zoned retail.

4. Apply for a Retail Store Authorization

After you’ve found a suitable location, you need to apply for an AGCO Retail Store Authorization, which will allow the organization to inspect and certify that your store will meet all the necessary requirements.

5. Complete the Cannabis Retail Manager License

The person who will be running your store must also have a license from the AGCO. This individual will be responsible for overseeing the operations of the business and ensuring that it follows the regulations.

6. Prepare for inspections and store opening

Your store must be ready to open following the above steps. This can involve hiring and training staff, establishing security measures, and meeting the various regulatory requirements. It must also pass an inspection by the AGCO before it can start its operations.


The City of Mississauga’s decision allows entrepreneurs to participate in the growth of the local cannabis industry by opening a store in the city. By following all the necessary steps, you can legally operate a cannabis shop in the city.

The law firm of Substance Law Professional Corporation can help you set up your Mississauga cannabis retail store. Call our office today to see how we can help.

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