The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) is accepting applications for wholesale cannabis permits as well as licensed producer registrations.
Permitted wholesalers will be able to purchase cannabis from federally-licensed producers that are registered to supply the Saskatchewan market or from other permitted wholesalers operating in the province.
Wholesale permittees can only sell to retailers, not the general public, and must physically operate within Saskatchewan. There is no limit to the number of wholesale permits and no deadline to apply.
Federally-licensed producers must also register with SLGA if they want to sell cannabis to Saskatchewan wholesalers or retailers. That registration process is now open.
Wholesale permittees will be required to meet criteria regarding good character, storage and transportation security, and capacity to track and report inventory and sales. The fee for a wholesale permit is $5,000 ($2,000 non-refundable application fee, $3,000 annual permit fee). The registration fee for federally-licensed producers is $2,000 ($500 non-refundable application fee, $1,500 annual permit fee).
SLGA received more than 1,500 submissions for cannabis retail permits when the deadline closed on April 10 and those will be narrowed down to 51 retail cannabis permits, which will be located in 32 Saskatchewan communities.
“Interest in the cannabis retail sector was very strong,” says Gene Makowsky, Minister Responsible for SLGA. “The evaluation process is now underway and submissions that meet the requirements will be randomly selected for permits. We expect to announce the successful cannabis retail permittees in the coming weeks prior to federal legalization.”
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