Article by Ashley Joannou, Yukon News
The Yukon government has cancelled its tender to buy or lease a location for a government-run cannabis store.
But the minister responsible for the new cannabis distribution corporation insists that a retail space will still be ready in time for federal legalization.
Minister John Streicker told the legislative assembly March 29 the one location that submitted a proposal to be the Yukon’s retail and warehouse space was too big and too pricy.
The only submission to a request for proposals that closed in late February was for the government to buy a building for $3.4 million.
“It was, unfortunately, for about three times the square footage and about twice the price that we were budgeting. We didn’t get any bids submitted for a lease option, so we have made the decision to cancel that tender, as it is over budget,” Streicker said.
The corporation is now planning to use the government’s existing liquor distribution centre and warehouse for storage, wholesale and e‑commerce distribution of cannabis, Streicker said. That means the government just has to find a retail space.