Only 2 cau­tions is­sued to re­tail­ers since cannabis le­gal­ized

Winnipeg Sun - - NEWS - — The Cana­dian Press

Man­i­toba’s cannabis reg­u­la­tor says stores in the prov­ince are fol­low­ing the rules of le­gal­ized recre­ational mar­i­juana.

The Liquor, Gam­ing and Cannabis Au­thor­ity of Man­i­toba says no re­tail­ers have been fined and only two cau­tions have been is­sued since sales were le­gal­ized in Oc­to­ber.

One cau­tion was for a bro­ken lock on a stor­age unit, which was fixed.

The other cau­tion was given to a store that took de­liv­ery of cannabis be­fore the shop’s re­tail li­cence was is­sued.

Liz Stephen­son, the au­thor­ity’s chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer, says there has been ex­cel­lent co-op­er­a­tion from re­tail­ers.

She also says in­spec­tors are vis­it­ing each store on a reg­u­lar ba­sis to en­sure com­pli­ance with rules gov­ern­ing stor­age, sig­nage and more.

“Be­cause (cannabis) is a new prod­uct, and be­cause we know that the li­cencees are get­ting used to new rules and reg­u­la­tions .... ev­ery store is in­spected at least ev­ery two weeks,” Stephen­son said.

Re­tail­ers must have a locked stor­age area, do 24-hour video sur­veil­lance and run back­ground checks on em­ploy­ees.

Re­tail­ers must not of­fer cus­tomers any sam­ples and they can­not sell prod­uct to any­one un­der 19.

A spokesper­son for Delta 9 — one of four re­tail com­pa­nies that re­ceived li­cences in time for the first day of le­gal­iza­tion on Oct. 17 — said Man­i­toba got a jump on the is­sue by lay­ing out its re­tail rules ear­lier than some other prov­inces.

“I would say that Man­i­toba has been a lit­tle ahead of the curve in terms of both im­ple­ment­ing reg­u­la­tions and hav­ing the abil­ity to get stores open as well,” Gary Sy­mons said.

Li­cences have been granted to 14 stores so far — the prov­ince is re­ly­ing ex­clu­sively on the pri­vate sec­tor for re­tail — and many more are ex­pected to soon en­ter the field.

The Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment said in last month’s throne speech that it would move to a more open mar­ket and stream­line ap­pli­ca­tions from po­ten­tial store own­ers.

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