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Retail Sales, Distribution and Marijuana Business in Canada

Wholesale, Retail Cannabis Distribution and Task Force Recommendations.

In Canada, any individual, business, corporation or organization can apply for a federal license to legally operate a business to produce, distribute or sell marijuana.

For Canadian recreational cannabis sales, the Task Force recommends:

The wholesale distribution of cannabis be regulated by the provinces and territories.

A well-functioning distribution system, (the chain of custody is well-controlled) is critical to the overall success of the new legalization regime.

Retail Distribution and Sales of Cannabis in Canada

Under a regulated system, consumers should be able to access cannabis in a safe manner that minimizes potential risks to consumers and communities and reduces the involvement of the illicit market.

Retail outlets should be staffed with knowledgeable employees who have been trained through a formal training program, which will need to be developed.

The training should ensure that staff are capable of:

Providing accurate information and advice about the products being sold, and their potential risks and harms of use;

Enforcing the minimum-age restriction and helping prevent youth access;

Helping control overconsumption by informing consumers about appropriate and responsible use, and preventing sales to intoxicated consumers;

Informing tourists who purchase cannabis of their rights and obligations, especially with respect to not attempting to take cannabis across international borders.

Consideration should also be given to ensuring that online retail sales have appropriate consumer safeguards.

The Task Force recommends that retail sales of cannabis be regulated by provinces and territories in close collaboration with the municipalities.

The Task Force further recommends that the retail environment include:

No co-location of alcohol or tobacco and cannabis sales, wherever possible. When co-location cannot be avoided, appropriate safeguards must be put in place

Limits on the density and location of storefronts, including appropriate distance from schools, community centres, public parks, etc.

Dedicated storefronts with well-trained, knowledgeable staff

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