Lo­cal cannabis stores will miss le­gal­iza­tion date

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Kyle Smylie mailphoto by Kyle Smylie

At least one cannabis shop hopes to be open by the end of Oc­to­ber as Cana­di­ans wait to legally spark up once mar­i­juana pro­hi­bi­tion ends Oc­to­ber 17.

Drumheller will have at least three stores open once the Al­berta Gam­ing and Liquor Com­mis­sion (AGLC) grants li­censes. All three will be lo­cated down­town, with BC-based Clar­ity Cannabis seek­ing two li­censes, with lo­ca­tions at the former Cen­tre Street In­sur­ance of­fices and a more spe­cial­ized store planned to op­er­ate where ColDee’s ‘n Hot 1’s was this sum­mer on 3rd Av­enue. Bad­land Bud will be in the former Gang­sters En­ter­prise lo­ca­tion on Cen­tre Street.

Clar­ity Cannabis project man­ager Shawn Hayes hopes to re­ceive their AGLC li­cense once con­struc­tion is com­pleted at their Cen­tre Street lo­ca­tion.

“I’d love to be open by the end of the month but that’ll de­pend on how con­struc­tion comes along,” he says.

The com­pany is owned by Michael Forbes, a phar­ma­cist who has ex­pe­ri­ence with medic­i­nal mar­i­juana, who also hopes to open al­most 30 cannabis stores across BC, Al­berta, and Saskatchewan.

Jaydee Bixby of Bad­land Bud tells the Mail he hopes to have his doors open by Christ­mas. The AGLC has been slow in hand­ing out li­censes, in a pace not sur­pris­ing as Al­ber­tans are en­ter­ing into un­charted ter­ri­tory with the end of a 95-year pro­hi­bi­tion on mar­i­juana in Canada.

“We’re not in a hurry ei- ther,” says Bixby. “It’s bet­ter to take your time and do it right the first time around. We have a good solid fol­low­ing and a fan­tas­tic amount of sup­port from the Drumheller com­mu­nity. When the time comes I know many lo­cals will come in and check us out.”

Along with these three

stores, Liquor De­pot and Au­rora Cannabis an­nounced a li­cens­ing agree­ment in Au­gust which would have the liquor chain open re­tail mar­i­juana stores. A source told

the Mail that the Drumheller lo­ca­tion may be one of the stores to sell both mar­i­juana and al­co­hol.

While ex­cite­ment builds for those with a taste for le­gal grass, a re­cent study sug­gests the sup­ply of le­gal pot in Canada will only meet 30 per cent to 60 per cent of de­mand af­ter le­gal­iza­tion. This, cou­pled with the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s tar­get of hav­ing weed sold at about $10/gram, has some in the bud­ding in­dus­try wor­ried the black mar­ket will be kept alive, keep­ing money out of the hands of both the gov­ern­ment and re­tail store own­ers. But Bixby hopes peo­ple will be look­ing to get their pot from a store front with knowl­edge­able staff and guar­an­teed prod­uct.

Jaydee Bixby of Bad­land Bud, one of three li­censed mar­i­juana stores hop­ing to open this year.

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