Article by Elianna Lev, Lift News
Saskatchewan announced its post-legalization plans for production and sale of recreational cannabis, which includes setting 19 as the legal of purchase and a private retail model. But not every town wants in.
The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming (SLGA) is in the process of reviewing retail permit applications. In total, 51 permits will be granted to 32 municipalities and First Nations communities.
But CBC reports that of the municipalities eligible to sell cannabis, five have decided to opt-out – Pilot Butte, Biggar, Kindersley, White City and Shellbrook.
The SLGA will be administering the permits through a two-part selection process, which will screen for financial standings and inventory capabilities. Retailers will have to pass “good character” tests, similar to the process for private alcohol sales. The application process for the permits will start in April, and is expected to finish by June.
Minors caught with smaller quantities will be ticketed and have their cannabis seized while possession of more than five grams will be a criminal offence subject to the Youth Criminal Justice Act.