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Battlefords home to closest pot shop on legalization day

Most Lloydminster residents won’t feel the full impact of legalization day. No cannabis retailers will be opening their doors in Lloydminster come Wednesday.

According to CBC, Out of the 51 lottery winners in Saskatchewan, only 4 look to be open on Wednesday. Out of those four is Jimmy’s Cannabis (formerly Prairie Sky Cannabis) which will open in Battleford and Martensville. President John Thomas says there might be hiccups but they’re aiming to have the store open.

“The Battleford store only got our letter to legally order from SLGA(Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority) on Wednesday.”

Thomas says he’s confident that his distributors will have the product at the Battleford store for the 17th.

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Jimmy’s Cannabis won the lottery earlier this year for permits in 4 cities across the province. Both John and his brother David quit their jobs to focus on their stores. Thomas says they really want to be a part of the excitement that will come on the first day cannabis is legal.

“There are advertising limitations on the cannabis industry and to be a part of that initial October 17th rush will be a great starting point.

Thomas says the timeline has been super tight.

“We knew going in that everything had to go perfectly to hit October 17th.”

North Battleford will also see doors open on Thursday. In a press release Saturday, Envirosafe Chemicals Canadas new Curativa Cannabis division says they were awarded a temporary permit to purchase cannabis and will have inventory on the shelves.

17 shops could be opening up in Alberta on Oct.17. Those shops will be spread amongst 8 cities which include Edmonton, Calgary and Medicine Hat.


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