Toronto’s only operating cannabis retail store not wheelchair accessible on opening day

As Toronto’s only operating cannabis retail store opened to the public on Monday – the first day marijuana stores are legally allowed to do so in Ontario – a few customers who use wheelchairs and mobility devices weren’t easily able to access the Hunny Pot Cannabis Co.

Jordan Dragiz went to Queen Street West business, near University Avenue, Monday afternoon to buy assorted cannabis products. After waiting in a lengthy line, Dragiz discovered there wasn’t a ramp at the front door. He had to be helped into and out of the store with the assistance of staff and without his wheelchair, which Dragiz had to leave on the sidewalk.

“I wasn’t shocked. I was kind of expecting this. But I wasn’t sure if there’s going to be a ramp or not. I’m more shocked they don’t have a ramp,” he told Global News.

“We do have a temporary ramp that we can bring in to let them come into the store and the ability for our bud tenders to bring the point-of-sale and products directly to the individual who currently cannot access the third and fourth floor retail spaces.”

Global News attended the store Monday evening in order to see the temporary ramp described in the statement. However, a representative said they weren’t able to display the ramp due to a line-up of customers.

When asked about the situation at the Hunny Pot Cannabis Co., Ontario’s minister of seniors and accessibility said he was disappointed to hear about the lack of a fully accessible entrance.

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