The 17 cannabis re­tail­ers in Al­berta on le­gal­iza­tion day

Al­berta reg­u­la­tor ex­pects the num­ber of stores sell­ing cannabis to reach a high of 250 by the end of the year

StarMetro Edmonton - - FRONT PAGE - OMAR MOSLEH

Get ready to get in line.

When mar­i­juana is le­gal­ized on Oct. 17, there will be 17 li­censed re­tail­ers across the prov­ince al­lowed to open their doors, Al­berta Gam­ing, Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC) said Thurs­day.

The AGLC has is­sued 17 in­terim pot li­cences, which will al­low re­tail­ers to or­der and have prod­uct shipped to re­tail lo­ca­tions so they’re ready for le­gal­iza­tion. Stores with in­terim li­cences that ful­fil all con­di­tions (for ex­am­ple, hav­ing to put up pro­vin­cial sig­nage) will be is­sued a sales li­cence on le­gal­iza­tion day so they can open to the pub­lic.

AGLC spokesper­son Kaleigh Miller con­firmed that all 17 lo­ca­tions have al­ready or­dered their cannabis stock.

The ap­provals were not is­sued based on when stores ap­plied, but rather on how many back­ground checks had to be com­pleted. Store own­ers and em­ploy­ees can­not have a crim­i­nal record.

“The li­censees that have made it this far or this quickly, it has noth­ing to do with the or­der in which they ap­plied ... Larger com­pa­nies have quite a few stake­hold­ers, who have to be in­ves­ti­gated,” Miller said.

The AGLC ex­pects the num­ber of stores to in­crease af­ter Oct. 17 and reach roughly 250 by the end of the first year. On­line store avail­able. Read more at thes­tar.com/cannabis

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Al­berta Gam­ing, Liquor and Cannabis said Thurs­day that all 17 li­censed re­tail­ers in the prov­ince have or­dered their mar­i­juana stock.

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