The Manitoba Goverment has revealed their marijuana plan, ahead of the legalization date: July 1st, 2018.
Labeled a hybrid approach, the province’s Liquor and Gaming Authority will be in charge of regulating the purchase, distribution and retail of recreational cannabis.
The securing and tracking of marijuana sold in Manitoba will be done by the Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Corporation.
All the private sector has to do is sell the product.
Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Blaine Pedersen says this approach will keep marijuana out of the hands of youth, and the black market, and create new opportunities in the marketplace.
Premier Brian Pallister calls this announcement the 4th step in the process, but there is still plenty of work to do before the legalization date rolls around.
Introducing the Cannabis Harm Prevention Act which targets drug-impaired driving, issuing an expression of interest to those who want to get involved in selling marijuana, and launching public awareness campaigns about the dangers of impaired driving were the 1st, 2nd and 3rd steps taken prior.
Pallister says the next step is issuing a request for proposals from qualified applicants seeking the opportunity to operate one or more retail locations.
The submission deadline is December 22nd, with stores opening July 2nd, 2018.