On Jan. 8, 2018, the Bread Basket of Canada announced that approximately 60 Saskatchewan cannabis retail permits will be awarded to private operators distributed across 40 Saskatchewan municipalities and First Nations that have populations of at least 2,500.
“The federal government has established very aggressive timelines for the legalization of cannabis,” said Gene Makowsky, Minister Responsible for the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority, in a press release. “Our government is being diligent to ensure the sale and regulation of cannabis in Saskatchewan strikes a balance between public safety and access for consumers. It’s also important to our government that the 40 municipalities and First Nations selected for retail locations have the opportunity to decide whether they want cannabis retail stores in their community.”
While the private sector gets to participate in the wholesaling and retailing of cannabis, it will be under the eye of the SLGA, which is responsible for licensing retailers, implementing a track-and-trace system, regulating standalone storefronts and online retail, among other responsibilities.
Details regarding Saskatchewan cannabis retail applications, taxation, cultivation and minimum age for consumption have yet to be announced. Federal cannabis legalization is slated to roll out in Canada this summer.