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A second weed shop is sprouting up in Brockville.

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ShinyBud Cannabis has applied to the Ontario Alcohol and Gaming Commission to open a store at Unit 8A, 2211 Parkedale Ave. on the corner of Ormond Street, conveniently located across from St. Lawrence College.

ShinyBud becomes the second cannabis store to apply for a Brockville licence, and also the second one to select Parkedale Avenue as its location.

Sessions Cannabis has applied to set up a store just a kilometre down the road at 2441 Parkedale Ave., next to Gabriel’s Pizza. Its application has been in the pipe for several months and is still “in progress,” according to the commission.

Under the commission’s rules, residents have until Sept. 4 to file an objection to the application.

ShinyBud also has applied to open a pot shop in Smiths Falls at 8 Beckwith St. N, and the deadline for objections also closes Sept. 4. It becomes the third company to apply to open a cannabis store in Smiths Falls, home of Canopy Growth, one of the country’s largest marihuana producers.

The company has high hopes of becoming a regional powerhouse of cannabis sales.

Along with the new Brockville and Smiths Falls applications, ShinyBud wants to set up a Prescott store at 305 King St. W in the plaza beside the LCBO. Deadline for objections closed on Friday.

It also has applied to open a Kemptville store at 139 Prescott Ave.

The company, which has stores across Ontario, has opened one store in Cornwall and applied for another, as well as opened one in Hawkesbury.

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In addition to the ShinyBud applications, other companies are vying to open cannabis stores in Lansdowne and Gananoque. The applications for Village Bud at 1136 Prince St. in Lansdowne and Cannabis Bazaar at 210 King St. in Gan are both “in progress,” according to the commission.

While people can file objections to the Brockville and Smiths Falls locations by Sept. 4, the companies go through a regimented process before their applications are even accepted, and refusals have been rare.

Under the rules, only residents or the municipality can file an objection, which must be made in writing.

Objecting residents must show that the application is a danger to health and safety, youth, or promotes illicit cannabis activities.

wlowrie@postmedia.com

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