Now is the time to crack down on non-compliant cannabis retailers: Saskatchewan auditor

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Saskatchewan provincial auditor Judy Ferguson wants the province to start cracking down on non-compliant cannabis retailers and wholesalers, according to the annual 2021 report released yesterday. While Ferguson reports the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) has reasonably good processes in place for regulating the sale and distribution of adult-use cannabis, the report also notes the agency must take action to prioritize “taking enforcement actions on non-compliance” when it comes to the province’s cannabis retailers. While the regulator has been focused on educational efforts with regard to the “relatively new” operation processes and requirements, the report states that it’s time for the SLGA to stop focusing on teaching and place more effort on enforcement. Saskatchewan cannabis and hemp companies among group of businesses to receive federal funding boost Regina needs approx. 24 legal cannabis stores to disrupt black market: report Sweet haul: Saskatoon police’s drug bust includes 55 jars of cannabis-infused honey “To effectively regulate the distribution and sale of recreational cannabis past the initial start-up phase, the authority must decide when to shift its focus from creating a culture of compliance to taking enforcement actions on non-compliance,” Ferguson writes. Her report notes that although investigators have identified and flagged retail store infractions, including marketing violations and failing to ask for identification, there has been a lack of follow-through related to imposing sanctions on non-compliant actors. As of the time the report was completed, no fines had been issued to any retailer for regulatory infractions. The Saskatoon Star Phoenix reports that, in a written response following the release of the report, the SLGA confirmed it has now notified retailers it will “begin assessing financial sanctions immediately as appropriate.” The agency cited the sale of cannabis to minors as a serious matter and “continues to conduct regular inspections to ensure stores…

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