New Brunswick govern­ment an­nounces re­tail model for recre­ational cannabis

NB Liquor to op­er­ate recre­ational cannabis re­tail op­er­a­tions in prov­ince

Sackville Tribune - - NEWS -

The provin­cial govern­ment an­nounced last Wednesday that NB Liquor will op­er­ate recre­ational cannabis re­tail op­er­a­tions in New Brunswick, through a sub­sidiary.

“Your govern­ment is pri­or­i­tiz­ing pub­lic health and safety con­cerns as we move to­wards the le­gal­iza­tion of recre­ational cannabis,” said Health Min­is­ter Benoît Bourque. “We ... want to en­sure that cannabis stays out of the hands of crim­i­nals and youth. By hav­ing NB Liquor op­er­ate the re­tail spa­ces this will help us achieve these goals.”

Through a sub­sidiary, the cor­po­ra­tion will op­er­ate recre­ational cannabis re­tail op­er­a­tions in stand-alone stores. They will op­er­ate un­der the busi­ness rules, terms and con­di­tions es­tab­lished by the Crown cor­po­ra­tion man­dated to over­see, con­duct and man­age the re­tail­ing of recre­ational use cannabis in New Brunswick.

“Our pri­or­i­ties are clear and we be­lieve that to­day’s an­nounce­ment is the best model to help us meet our ob­jec­tives,” said Fi­nance Min­is­ter Cathy Rogers. “Ad­vice we have heard from other ju­ris­dic­tions that have le­gal­ized cannabis, like Colorado and Wash­ing­ton, is to start with tight govern­ment over­sight, which is what we are do­ing. NB Liquor has ex­pe­ri­ence in the re­tail mar­ket and we be­lieve their knowl­edge and ex­per­tise will pro­vide a smooth tran­si­tion into this new mar­ket.”

NB Liquor has is­sued a ten­der for po­ten­tial lo­ca­tions in order to be ready to en­sure a re­tail sys­tem for recre­ational cannabis. There will be up to 20 re­tail lo­ca­tions in 15 com­mu­ni­ties. On­line sales will also be avail­able to en­sure dis­tri­bu­tion and ac­ces­si­bil­ity provincewide. Ad­di­tional lo­ca­tions will be rolled out based upon mar­ket ca­pac­ity and de­mand.

“NB Liquor is proud to have been cho­sen to be the re­tailer of recre­ational cannabis and this is a re­spon­si­bil­ity we take very se­ri­ously,” said Brian Har­ri­man pres­i­dent and CEO. “There is much work left to do to de­fine the de­tails on how we will ex­e­cute against our man­date from the provin­cial govern­ment. Now that we have a clear man­date as the re­tailer, we will work dili­gently to en­sure we fo­cus on op­er­a­tion of the re­tail net­work in a man­ner that pro­motes so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity and re­spon­si­ble con­sump­tion. This is an area where we will draw upon our ex­pe­ri­ence and proven track record. This model will op­er­ate with more regulation and con­trol than our re­tail net­work of liquor stores, but it will still be a pleas­ant shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence for the peo­ple of New Brunswick. We feel con­fi­dent that this model will sup­port the fed­er­ally stated ob­jec­tives of le­gal­iza­tion.”

Rogers said that the govern­ment is com­mit­ted to work­ing with the pub­lic, law en­force­ment and other part­ners and stake­hold­ers to im­ple­ment var­i­ous pub­lic safety and health pro­tec­tions in an­tic­i­pa­tion of the fed­eral govern­ment le­gal­iz­ing recre­ational cannabis in July 2018.

The govern­ment will in­tro­duce nec­es­sary leg­isla­tive amend­ments re­lated to the le­gal­iza­tion of cannabis in the up­com­ing leg­isla­tive ses­sion.

NB Liquor will op­er­ate recre­ational cannabis re­tail op­er­a­tions in New Brunswick.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.