New Brunswick cre­ates Crown cor­po­ra­tion to over­see mar­i­juana sales

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - BUSINESS -

FRED­ER­IC­TON — The New Brunswick gov­ern­ment has cre­ated a new Crown cor­po­ra­tion to over­see the sale of recre­ational mar­i­juana, and signed deals with two sup­pli­ers.

Fi­nance Min­is­ter Cathy Rogers said Fri­day the deals with Or­gan­i­gram and Canopy Growth Corp. se­cure a sup­ply for the New Brunswick mar­ket in time for the July 2018 launch.

The fed­eral gov­ern­ment has in­tro­duced leg­is­la­tion to le­gal­ize recre­ational weed by July 1, but left dis­tri­bu­tion and reg­u­la­tion to the prov­inces.

On­tario was the first out of the gate, an­nounc­ing a de­tailed plan last week that would re­strict sales to res­i­dents 19 and older from as many as 150 ded­i­cated stores run by the prov­ince’s liquor con­trol board or through the in­ter­net.

A New Brunswick leg­is­la­ture com­mit­tee rec­om­mended sell­ing mar­i­juana through gov­ern­ment-op­er­ated stores to any­one 19 years or older, but Rogers said the gov­ern­ment has yet to make a fi­nal de­ci­sion on a re­tail model.

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