Clar­ity Cannabis gets go ahead from AGLC

The Drumheller Mail - - News - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

Drumheller is one step closer to get­ting a le­gal mar­i­juana re­tailer in the val­ley as Clar­ity Cannabis gets its go-ahead.

Ac­cord­ing to the Al­berta Gam­ing, Liquor and Cannabis web­site (AGLC) Clar­ity Cannabis is listed as a re­tailer in the val­ley.

“I am ex­cited to get go­ing. I am re­ally ex­cited about Drumheller,” said founder Michael Forbes. “All the wel­com­ing I have had in Drumheller is fan­tas­tic.”

He adds there are a few ren­o­va­tions needed to the store on Cen­tre Street be­fore it opens.

Ear­lier this year a freeze was put on li­cens­ing cannabis re­tail­ers due to con­cerns there was not enough sup­ply for all re­tail­ers. In May they lifted the tem­po­rary mora­to­rium.

“It is cer­tainly bet­ter than it was and get­ting bet­ter. We are still only able to sell oils and flower. That only ser­vices one por­tion of the mar­ket where the more es­tab­lished mar­kets usu­ally the ex­trac­tions and ed­i­bles and more spe­cialty prod­ucts will ser­vice over 65 per cent of the mar­ket,” said Forbes.

Clar­ity Cannabis has lo­ca­tions in BC, Al­berta, and Saskatchew­an. Forbes also is in­volved in Choom which has a re­tail lo­ca­tion in Ni­a­gara. He is orig­i­nally a suc­cess­ful phar­ma­cist, who be­came in­volved in cannabis about seven years ago.

“I was ridiculed back then from all my med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als and now I am revered as a trail­blazer,” he chuck­les.

“I was lob­by­ing quite hard for the phar­macy as­so­ci­a­tion to wake up and take this more se­ri­ously and they didn’t, and that’s why I de­cided to take the reins into my own hands and open these stores the way I wanted to with a lot of knowl­edge and train­ing. A lot of the staff I have is go­ing to be trained to deal with a lot of ques­tions and that ex­tra knowl­edge base and ser­vice to deal with the cus­tomers just like in a phar­macy where peo­ple have ques­tions, we are go­ing to be able to an­swer them.”

He hopes that will be in the next cou­ple of weeks. Bad­land Bud, owned by Jaydee Bixby is still await­ing ap­proval.

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