The Saskatchewan government has set out the guidelines for the distribution and sale of marijuana later this year.
SLGA minister Gene Makowsky says wholesaling and retailing will be done by the private sector, and regulated by the government.
He adds about 60 retail permits in the province in 40 communities in the province.
“These 40 communities were identified using a population threshold of at least 25-hundred people using 2015 covered health population numbers,” Makowsky stated. “Larger cities will be allocated additional permits based on their population.”
There could be 2 outlets in Yorkton, and 1 in Melville, Esterhazy, Canora and Fort Qu’Appelle.
Saskatchewan’s opposition party isn’t buying into the concept of “getting the ball rolling,” as laid out by the Sask. Party this morning.
The NDP’s Nicole Sarauer says the announcement leave people with more questions than answers.
“You might move to a different jurisdiction if it takes too long to know what the regulations are going to be and what the rules are going to be and what the parameters are,” Sarauer said. “It’s very difficult for communities to be able to create bylaws and get themselves ready for July when this happens.”
She says says the role of the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming has not been clearly defined in areas like warehousing marijuana.
(With files from CKRM)