The start date for legal sales will happen eight to 12 weeks after the legalization law is passed, which may well push the market opening until late summer.
Despite these potential delays, the provincial government of Manitoba has said that they will be fully prepared for legal weed by July 1st. “We’re finally seeing acknowledgement in Ottawa that the established timeline for permitting the sale of recreational cannabis is tight,” Manitoba Growth, Enterprise, and Trade Minister Blaine Pedersen said in a statement, according to Yahoo News. “While concerns have been raised about timing to secure necessary levels of supply, Manitoba is cautiously optimistic as our discussions to date indicate we are on track. ” The province has introduced a “hybrid model” for sales, where the Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Corp. will supply cannabis to private retail stores to sell.
British Columbia does not expect to see its first cannabis retail stores to open until the end of the summer, however. Cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-unveils-pot-plans-marijuana-to-be-sold-in-standalone-government-stores-separate-from-liquor-1.4520496″ target=” blank”> as reported by CBC News. The minister explained that liquor stores in B.C. will not be allowed to sell cannabis, but the province’s Liquor Distribution Branch will instead create their own standalone cannabis retail stores. Adults aged 19 or older will be allowed to possess up to 30 grams of weed for recreational use and grow up to four plants per household. Cannabis use will not be allowed in vehicles, public spaces, or any other location “frequented by children. ” Edibles will not be available in retail stores until 2019 at the earliest, and buyers will not be allowed to sample cannabis products in the stores.
As Canadian officials dig in to the fine details of cannabis regulation, officials on the other side of the border are becoming concerned that some of this legal weed will eventually make its way into the U.S. This topic has come up during recent conversations between Canadian Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. Goodale has said that there is no need for the U.S. to worry, as transporting pot across the border will still be fully illegal. Cbc.ca/news/business/cannabis-1.4523427″ target=” blank”> Goodale said to CBC News. “But I think there is some concern that Canadian law is changing, and does that cause them to behave in a different way.