Calgary to Tighten its Hold as Canada’s Cannabis Capital

Article by Scott Dippel, CBC News

Calgary to tighten its hold as Canada's cannabis capital Social Sharing Facebook Twitter Email Reddit LinkedIn Dozens of new stores expected to open in weeks ahead as province lifts moratorium Scott Dippel · CBC News New Leaf Cannabis is set to open a ninth store in Calgary this week. (CBC) A smattering of green and red dots shows stores that have either had their land use permits approved or rejected, respectively, from the city in downtown Calgary as of June 3. (City of Calgary)

Calgary already has 29 cannabis stores. Ready for 25 more in the weeks ahead?

With the provincial government’s decision to lift a moratorium on new stores, it’s expected to clear five new stores to open in Alberta each week as pot supplies improve.

A business strategist with the City of Calgary’s community standards said new stores will be popping up around town and it should be noticeable.

Matt Zabloski said 25 store owners already have their development permit, building permit and business licence for a pot shop.

All they need is the go ahead from the Alberta Gaming Liquor and Cannabis Commission to open their doors.

And just wait. More stores are coming. A lot more.

Calgary has a third of Alberta’s pot shops

“We have 197 development permits that have been released as of the end of May, meaning that those are stores that have their land use approval from the city,” said Zabloski.

“They’re in various stages of build-out. Some of them haven’t even started construction yet. Some have finished construction and all they’re waiting for is that license from the province and to get stock on the shelves in order to start operating.”

Calgary has about one-third of all cannabis stores in the province so with the province approving five more a week for the near term, Zabloski said that should mean one or two new outlets opening in the city each week for the next couple of months.

One of the new stores will open Wednesday in a Varsity strip mall. New Leaf Cannabis already has eight stores in Calgary and this will be its newest outlet in town.

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