Vaccine passports ‘not for essential services’: pottery shop manager

The manager of a Sarnia pottery store believes that dispensaries and LCBOs are excluded from the province’s vaccine passport system because they are essential services.

Earlier this year, provincial New Democrats and Liberals called on the Ford Conservatives to expand the vaccination certificate program to include places like LCBOs and cannabis stores.

Jordan Denomme of Sessions Cannabis told Sarnia News Today that people’s routines have really disappeared during the pandemic. He said that because cannabis is an essential service, it is also part of a routine.

“We’re recreational so we can’t talk about medicine, but that doesn’t change the fact that people shop here for their own reasons, and I think it’s important that they can continue those routines with their cannabis. some products.”

Denomme said the Sarnia store would obviously follow any rules given to it, but he’s not convinced all cannabis stores would do the same. Denomme explained how some restaurants reacted to the proof-of-vaccination system when they had to start enforcing it.

“I know there were a lot of restaurants that probably weren’t following this like they should have, and I don’t know how some of my competitors would go about this as well, because it’s very competitive right now in cannabis.”

Denomme said having to enforce the passport system would not significantly reduce business, but it would not help him either.

Denomme added that business has been very good, especially considering all the cannabis stores that have opened in the Sarnia area over the past year.

“When we opened we were one of two stores in Sarnia, and now we’re one of, I think, 11 or 12 or 13 or something, and that’s not even counting some of the reserve dispensaries too .”

Sessions Cannabis became Sarnia’s second operational cannabis store just over a year ago. At the time, CEO and co-founder Steven Fry said he thought Sarnia could support a dozen or more jar retail stores.

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