Sask. gov’t killing pot permit lottery system, scrapping cap on number of stores

Sask. gov’t killing pot permit lottery system, scrapping cap on number of stores

The Saskatchewan government is opening up the market for new retail cannabis stores. Prior to the legalization of recreational cannabis in Oct. 2018, Saskatchewan used a lottery to determine who would be able to open shops. In April 2018, the province received a combined 1,500 applications for 51 permits in 32 communities and First Nations. Now the Saskatchewan government is scrapping the lottery system and the cap on how may stores can be opened. “We believe opening the market to more retailers will help meet customer demand while also helping discourage competition from unlicensed stores,” said Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Gene Makowsky in a news release. Beginning next April, applications will be accepted for stores in communities of less than 2,500 people. In Sept., SLGA will start accepting retail permit applications for new cannabis stores province-wide. There will be no limit on permits. Municipalities will decide how many stores they wish to have. Makowsky is hoping the changes will help squeeze the black market by lowering legal prices. “There is obviously a minimum price where it makes sense to do business, of course competition leads to more choice and more convenience and normally better pricing.”​ Communities can opt-out and successful applicants will be…

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