Following a screening process and lottery draw, the Saskatchewan government has selected the operators for 51 cannabis retail outlet permits awarded across the province.
Yorkton was approved for two cannabis retail outlets – one has been awarded to Fire and Flower Incorporated, a group of Alberta and Ontario entrepreneurs – while the other will be operated by Synergy Five Investments L-P – an investment company owned by five Saskatchewan First nation organizations, that will also operate similar outlets in Warman and North Battleford.
Tweed Grasslands, a federally licensed producer and retailer, based out of Yorkton, has been awarded the permits for cannabis retail stores in Melville and Fort Qu’Appelle, and with three other outlets, to open in Meadow Lake, Humboldt, and the R.M. of Corman Park.
Lush Leaf Cannabis, a group of Esterhazy business operators, have been selected to operate the retail store in that community, while Clarity Cannabis, a company with businesses in Alberta and B.C., will run the outlet in Canora, and Saskatchewan-based Prairie Sky Cannabis will operate the retail store in Moosomin.
The operators have 45 days to initiate the permitting process, and they must be up and running within 12 months of the legalization of cannabis, when the permits will come into effect.