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The Scourge of Window Film

The Ten Spot seems to have done this at many (all?) of its locations.

Awful.

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I'm not necessarily opposed to all window film. I think there can be some fairly respectable one-third wraps or 'trims.' But we need to tame this beast before it gets worse.
 
The Ten Spot seems to have done this at many (all?) of its locations.

Ten Spot appears to have removed all this window film, and has returned to having windows that one can use to actually see inside. I can only assume that my one whiny post above was the prompt Ten Spot needed to do the right thing.

On a related matter, I am old enough to remember when frosted windows like this meant that the business sold porn magazines or videos:

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How about they make a nice product display that changes regularly on part of the window wall I kinda like this when they did it at the Canadian tire at Bay and Dundas. Then people can window shop, I think its better than the crappy stock photos shoppers uses. Although they should avoid stacking product like on the right side of the image.

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It is a scourge.

But in fairness to the Cannabis businesses, the province is essentially requiring it by mandating that no product be visible from the outside at all.
Yes, the AGCO rules say you cannot see inside a licenced cannabis store, which is of course TOTALLY STUPID. The AGCO allows liquor and beer stores to have clear windows, is cannabis so much more addictive that even seeing it will result in life-time addiction and/or riots in the streets? Having 'eyes on the street' makes streets safer and I would have thought that having eyes FROM the street makes liquor stores safer too.
 
Yes, the AGCO rules say you cannot see inside a licenced cannabis store, which is of course TOTALLY STUPID. The AGCO allows liquor and beer stores to have clear windows, is cannabis so much more addictive that even seeing it will result in life-time addiction and/or riots in the streets? Having 'eyes on the street' makes streets safer and I would have thought that having eyes FROM the street makes liquor stores safer too.
True, but we do seem to slowly evolve in Ontario. I remember the old days of buying beer and liquor that had all the ambiance of what I imagine a Soviet-era store looked like. No gaming floor is visible from the outside either, most don't even have windows to cover (although there are marketing elements to that as well).
 
Yes, the AGCO rules say you cannot see inside a licenced cannabis store, which is of course TOTALLY STUPID. The AGCO allows liquor and beer stores to have clear windows, is cannabis so much more addictive that even seeing it will result in life-time addiction and/or riots in the streets? Having 'eyes on the street' makes streets safer and I would have thought that having eyes FROM the street makes liquor stores safer too.

I wrote to the Ontario government and, amazingly, received a response from the Ministry of the Attorney General. It reads: "
With respect to recreational cannabis, the government’s top priorities are combatting the illegal market while keeping cannabis out of the hands of youth and our communities safe. Public health and safety have guided the development and implementation of cannabis legislation in Ontario. The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), which is the provincial agency responsible for regulating cannabis retail, has developed the Registrar’s Standards for Cannabis Retail Stores which all authorized retailers must also follow.

Regulations under the federal Cannabis Act prohibit cannabis retailers from making cannabis and cannabis accessories visible to youth. In Ontario, the Registrar’s Standards state that licensees must ensure that cannabis and accessories are not visible from the exterior of the premises. However, the exact manner in which these requirements are operationalized is determined by the retailer. While a number of stores have opted to frost or cover their windows, this is not a requirement for cannabis retail stores in Ontario."
 

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