Some cannabis stores won’t be ready for 10/17

Re­tail­ers will be able to sell cannabis from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m., but will be able to set their own store hours

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - LOCAL - BY DAVID MA­HER david.ma­her@thetele­gram.com Twit­ter: Davidma­h­ernl

When cannabis be­comes le­gal on Oct. 17, nine of the li­censed re­tail­ers will not be ready to open their doors.

The New­found­land and Labrador Liquor Corp. an­nounced late on Fri­day that 20 of 29 re­tail­ers are ex­pected to open their doors. Those re­tail­ers will be al­lowed to sell cannabis be­tween the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 a.m. seven days a week.

Sim­i­lar to al­co­hol sales, those are the legally al­lowed times, but in­di­vid­ual re­tail­ers will be able to set their own hours as they see fit.

The ar­eas that will not have their phys­i­cal lo­ca­tions ready in time in­clude Canopy Growth’s store­fronts in Bon­av­ista, Happy Val­ley-goose Bay, and Con­cep­tion Bay South, and Oceanic Re­leaf’s Rocky Har­bour, Marys­town, and Port aux Basques lo­ca­tions.

Else­where, re­tail lo­ca­tions in Conne River, Fla­trock, and The Healthy Vibe lo­ca­tion in Con­cep­tion Bay South are not ex­pected to be open on le­gal­iza­tion day.

All of the Loblaws lo­ca­tions are ex­pected to be open in time for le­gal­iza­tion.

But that doesn’t mean pot will not be avail­able in those ar­eas.

Once 12:01 a.m. hits on Oct. 17, the liquor cor­po­ra­tion’s on­line di­rect-to-cus­tomer ser­vice will be on­line, where prospec­tive cannabis users will be able to order di­rectly from the web­site from any cor­ner of the province, 24 hours a day.

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