Marijuana has been legal for almost half a year, so Manitobans who have cottages in Ontario might reasonably expect easy access to some herbal relaxation this spring and summer.

But on Ontario’s first day of legal bricks-and-mortar cannabis stores, there are none to be found in northwestern Ontario’s cottage country — not in Kenora, not in Dryden, not in Fort Frances and not even in Thunder Bay or Sault Ste. Marie.

Kenora council has already approved the possibility of legal cannabis stores, said mayor Dan Reynard.

“It’s now legal within Canada, so people are going to be looking for that outlet, so why not be a part of it?” he said.

Still, Reynard doesn’t expect a licensed cannabis store the city this year.

“But hopefully by late 2020, early 2021, we’ll be able to move forward because I know there are individuals that have expressed a desire to open an operation in Kenora,” he said.

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