Clarity Cannabis gets go ahead from AGLC
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.