The Second Cup coffee chain says it’s in the process of reviewing locations in Ontario to potentially convert them into cannabis retail stories.


The coffee chain says that is has more than 130 locations across Ontario that it plans to leverage to enter the cannabis space.  Locally there are are two Second Cups including Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Second Cup announced a partnership with marijuana clinic operator National Access Cannabis in April to potentially convert coffee shops to retail stores under the brand Meta Cannabis Supply Co.

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At the time, the companies said they were focused on Western Canada, as Ontario had planned to sell cannabis through provincial liquor commissions, in line with policies in Quebec and several Atlantic provinces.

Second Cup and National Access Cannabis say any conversions of coffee shops to cannabis shops is conditional on securing a retail license from provincial regulators, and approval from franchisees and landlords and for now National Access Cannabis says it has a target of opening 50 to 70 cannabis retail stores in Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia this year.

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