Kingston and Belleville are both in the running to receive a recreational marijuana retail licenses this week. The Ontario Government has announced it will only give out 25 of those licenses through its first round of distribution and that those recipients will be determined by a lottery taking place this Friday. The lottery will be run by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario and will be overseen by consulting firm KPMG, with only towns having a population of more than 50,000 being eligible. That means in the east region only Belleville, Kingston, Ottawa, Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes and Barrie are eligible for one of five permits. Kingston has given the green light to recreational cannabis stores whereas Belleville has yet to make a decision.