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
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.