Canada SLGA receives 'hundreds' of applications for pot retail permits

16:22  14 april  2018
16:22  14 april  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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Marijuana plants. (Picture for representation purpose only)© Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe Marijuana plants. (Picture for representation purpose only) The deadline to apply for retail marijuana licenses has come and gone, and the Saskatchewan Lottery and Gaming Association received so many applications, staff haven't had time to count them all yet.

Saskatchewan has made 51 retail permits available in 32 municipalities and First Nations communities.

"The process now is to count [the applications] and organize by community and then the process begins to evaluate those proposals," said David Morris, SLGA spokesperson.

"The applicants will be screened for their qualifications related to their financial capacity to operate an outlet as well as their capacity for sales and inventory tracking."

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SLGA receives ' hundreds ' of applications for pot retail permits . Officials at SLGA said once cannabis retailers are established and the stores are operational, those retail permit holders are also allowed to sell their licences privately, although no permittee may hold more than 50 per cent of

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Those who meet the qualifications will be put into a random selection process, similar to a lottery, for each permit.

The cost for each application is up to $6,000.

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Everyone has to pay a non-refundable application fee of $1,000. For applications to larger communities, licensing fees are $5,000. In less-populated areas, the fee is $3500, which applicants will be reimbursed if they are unsuccessful.

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Saskatchewan's application process is open to individuals or companies across the country, no matter their province or territory.

Montreal lawyer Ari Levy has applied for five licenses in various jurisdictions.

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The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority ( SLGA ) received 1,502 applications for the 51 cannabis retail permits spread across 32 communities. The request for proposal (RFP) process closed April 10 and the applications are currently being reviewed. Story continues below.

a man wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera: Ari Levy, a Montreal-based lawyer, has applied for five marijuana retail permits in Saskatchewan.© Courtesy: Legal Logik Ari Levy, a Montreal-based lawyer, has applied for five marijuana retail permits in Saskatchewan.

"Saskatchewan is allowing the private sector to open up stores whereas Quebec is not," he said.

"I think it's a tremendous opportunity and I want to take part in that."

According to Levy, the process after the lottery is murky and hasn't been communicated to him yet.

"We don't really know everything yet," he said.

Levy has applied for licenses in Saskatoon, Regina, and several smaller communities.

An Alberta company called High Tide Ventures has applied for 16 permits in Saskatchewan, plus 25 more in its home province.

There are no rules that give Saskatchewan-based companies or individuals an edge in the process.

"I think it's a fair way to proceed," said Levy.

"It just makes a level playing field." a close up of a doughnut: Individuals and companies from out-of-province have as good a chance at obtaining a Saskatchewan pot permit as applicants who are local.© CBC Individuals and companies from out-of-province have as good a chance at obtaining a Saskatchewan pot permit as applicants who are local.

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