One disgruntled businessman in Clarenville is upset his application to be a licensed cannabis retailer was denied — and says the province is handing a lucrative industry to mainland corporations.
“Basically Newfoundlanders got screwed here. This went, all this billion-dollar industry is going to go outside of Newfoundland now,” says Newfoundland Puffin Co. owner Paul Newman.
“And it should have been kept here in the province.”
Newman said he opened his head shop in April in hopes of becoming a licensed legal cannabis retailer when recreational marijuana is legalized in Canada this summer.
“We applied, and we got denied. And I think, as most Newfoundlanders know, shops like us around Newfoundland, we got boycotted by the NLC and our provincial government.”
The Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation is tasked with overseeing legal marijuana sales.
When asked what Newman meant by “shops like us,” he said, “hemp stores, basically, and stores that are set up for dispensing cannabis.”