The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) has selected 51 cannabis retail permits for the province, including two in Lloydminster.
Beleave Inc based in Ontario and Kolab Project Inc are the two cannabis stores to receive permits on the Saskatchewan side of the City. As part of the province’s cannabis legislation, only two permits were issued for the City and up to 60 were issued across the province.
Minister Responsible for SLGA Gene Makowsky says they saw a lot of interest through the Request for Proposal (RFP) process, allowing more businesses to invest in the province.
Cannabis retailers had to go through a two-step RFP process before being selected. The first phase included a screening for qualifications based on the financials and inventory tracking systems of the retailer. The second phase was a lottery draw where the retailers were selected.
The successful cannabis stores have to follow the legislation laid out by the province, as well as the City, which includes the location of the store, the hours of operation and the amount of cannabis that can be sold to a person.
Other permits issued across the province include one in Battleford, two in North Battleford and one in Unity.