Cannabis Industry to Province: Make Room for Made-in-Manitoba Weed

Article by Bartley Kives, CBC News

Cannabis industry to province: Make room for made-in-Manitoba weed Existing players in legal-cannabis sector urge province to ensure diversity of entrants into new marketplace. Weeds Glass and Gifts franchisee Mathew Monasterski said the province must make room for artisanal cannabis producers

Winnipeg’s modest legal-cannabis industry wants the Progressive Conservative government to foster a made-in-Manitoba marijuana sector as the clock ticks down toward the legalization of recreational weed.

Cannabis producers and retailers say Brian Pallister’s Tory government ought to allow an array of entrants into recreational-cannabis production, distribution and retailing in Manitoba — and in a manner that doesn’t allow large national players to monopolize the local marketplace after legalization next July.

“I think the worst case for Manitoba here would be to allow for us to import products from other provinces, to retail stores that are run by companies from other provinces, with none of the profits, expertise, etc., really contributing to the Manitoba economy,” said John Arbuthnot, vice-president and co-founder of Winnipeg’s Delta 9 Bio-Tech, the first licensed cannabis producer in the province and for now, the only licensed distributor, as well.

Last week, Manitoba’s PC government invited cannabis-industry players to help the province figure out how to distribute and sell recreational cannabis. Justice Minister Heather Stefanson said while the province is leaning toward the use of the existing Liquor and Gaming Authority as a cannabis regulator, “all options are on the table” for cannabis distribution and retail sales.

That sets the table for one of three cannabis retail-and-distribution options: an entirely private model, a Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries monopoly or a mix of public and private distributors and retailers.

That sets the table for one of three cannabis retail-and-distribution options: an entirely private model, a Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries monopoly or a mix of public and private distributors and retailers.

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