With Oct. 17 Days Away, Recreational Cannabis Landscape Still Hazy

Article by Armina Ligaya, CityNews

With Oct. 17 days away, recreational cannabis landscape still hazy BY ARMINA LIGAYA, THE CANADIAN PRESS Amy Stevens of Fire & Flower Cannabis prepares the shop for opening day, in Edmonton Alta, on Wednesday October 10, 2018. On October 17, 2018 marijuana will be legal to sell by licensed stores across Canada.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Jimmy’s Cannabis will be opening its doors to the public for the first time on Oct. 17 – but it’s still not clear whether there will be any pot products on its shelves.

The Saskatchewan-based chain of recreational pot stores is one of 51 retailers to receive a store permit and is putting the finishing touches on two locations, which feature reclaimed barnwood and custom-made display cases and other details to reflect their provincial roots, said co-owner David Thomas.

While Thomas’s Battleford store has received the provincial green light to stock the products he has ordered, his Martensville location is still awaiting final inspection next week. If it doesn’t come through, his backup plan is to open on Oct. 17 as an “educational opportunity” but without pot, he said.

The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority is doing its best given the “compressed timeline,” Thomas said.

“It’s new for everyone, and then we’re trying to do a six-months job in two months… Our expectations change hourly.”

Canada is just days away from legalizing cannabis for recreational use, a historical shift in drug policy and one of the few countries around the world to have done so.

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