New Brunswick Pot Professionals Want Voices Heard by Marijuana Working Group

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The New Brunswick government is taking a closer look at how to handle the impending legalisation of marijuana. Global's Jeremy Keefe reports

Retailers in the New Brunswick marijuana scene are hoping a recently announced working group tasked with presenting the provincial government with recommendations ahead of marijuana legalization will take their concerns to heart.

A working group created by the provincial government consisting of officials from the health, finance, justice and public safety departments as well as Opportunities New Brunswick and NB Liquor will be meeting with stakeholders and engaging with federal counterparts over the next few months.

By the fall of 2017, their report will be presented to the government outlining aspects such as recommendations for age restriction as well as the best method of dispensing marijuana for medical and recreational use.

HBB Medical, a dispensary chain with five locations in Atlantic Canada that have been in operation for nearly a year think it’s an open and shut case.

“If you’re looking at Holland, our neighbours the U.S., they’ve got their very own dispensaries,” explained Bowe Merchant, executive manager for HBB. “They don’t have it in any other corporations.”

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