Have been Applicants for Ontario’s Cannabis Lottery Gaming the Method?


In the quick aftermath of Ontario’s second scandal-plagued cannabis retail-license-application lottery, substantially discussion focused on the hundreds of applications produced making use of a series of physical addresses linked with cannabis retailer HighLife.

Even so, an anonymous Reddit user posting beneath the manage u/AGCO_Lottery dug deeper into the applications information and identified that HighLife was far from the only enterprise taking copious benefit of the lottery’s allowance for many applications tied to the exact same “secured” genuine estate address.

In a Reddit post titled “Ballot Stuffing Prevails in 2nd Ontario Cannabis Lottery” the anonymous user found—to commence with—that there have been even additional applications than previously reported linked with HighLife properties.

In an infographic, the user claimed there have been “well more than 1,000 individuals” who produced applications with HighLife-affiliated addresses.

But a separate story emerged about Toronto head shop the Friendly Stranger and LP Aphria—which final month raised $five million in investments from LPs 48North, VIVO, and cannabis investment firm Green Acre Capital.

The capital the enterprise raised was explicitly planned to help a rollout of adult-use cannabis retailers.

Reddit user AGCO_Lottery noted Friendly Stranger owner James Jesty and members of his household are “responsible for 15 submissions through Frederick Jesty, Marilyn Jesty, [and] Stefania Jesty.”

They also noted the names Matt Shaloub and Albert Soberano, from Friendly Stranger’s current investor Green Acre Capital—their names and names of apparent household members appeared on a total of 50 submissions.

AGCO_Lottery noted that amongst the applications affiliated with the properties connected to the households above, there have been additional than a dozen practically sequentially numbered corporations, “as if the exact same lawyer or person had filed them all at the exact same time for the intention of operating in concert.”

In perusing the Friendly Stranger applications, AGCO_Lottery noted the name Vic Neufeld, who stepped down as CEO of Aphria in January following a challenging attack by brief sellers the earlier month.

Aphria helped fund the creation of Friendly Stranger’s backer Green Acre Capital’s cannabis venture fund with a $15 million investment final summer time.

Along with Mr. Neufeld’s name, the AGCO_Lottery account identified the names of other Neufeld household members (Victoria Neufeld and Robert Neufeld) on applications.

“The Neufeld household accounted for 15 added ballots. […] I think the circle of influence of Friendly Stranger in this lottery method to be ~80 individuals [and] corporations,” AGCO_Lottery concluded.


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