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How to get a retail license to sell
marijuana in Saskatchewan
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corporation or organization can
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legally operate a business to
produce, distribute or sell
marijuana in Canada.
Saskatchewan cannabis retail
distribution and sales licensing
Cannabis To Be Sold by Private
Retailers, Regulated by SLGA
Released on January 8, 2018
The Saskatchewan Liquor and
Gaming Authority (SLGA) will issue
approximately 60 cannabis retail
permits to private operators in as
many as 40 Saskatchewan
municipalities and First Nation
“The federal government has
established very aggressive
timelines for the legalization of
cannabis,” Minister Responsible for
SLGA Gene Makowsky said.
“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
The initial allocation of retail
store permits will be in
municipalities and First Nations
with populations of at least 2,500,
with larger communities being
allocated additional permits.
Eligible First Nations and
municipalities will have the option
to opt out of having a retail
cannabis store in their community if
they choose. The final number of
retail permits will depend on the
number of community leaders that
decide to opt out.
Both wholesaling and retailing of
cannabis will be conducted by the
private sector and regulated by SLGA.
Cannabis retailers will be required
to establish a standalone storefront
operation, with the option to also
operate an online store. Stores will
be limited to selling cannabis,
cannabis accessories and ancillary
items. Stores must also have the
ability to track and report cannabis
inventory to help ensure consumers
only have access to safe, legal
product from regulated wholesalers.
An independent third party will
be engaged to assist SLGA with
selecting retail operators using a
two-phase process. The first phase
will be initial screening for
financial capacity and the ability
for proponents to track and report
inventory. Phase two will be a
random selection (lottery) of the
qualified applicants. Successful
proponents will be required to meet
‘good character’ criteria as part of
the permitting process.
Specific details regarding
application criteria, permit
licensing fees, application
timelines and other associated
details will be finalized over the
coming weeks. A decision on the
minimum age for cannabis consumption
will be made later this spring.
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