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Marijuana to be sold by private Sask. retailers after federal legalization

Marijuana to be sold by private Sask. retailers after federal legalization
From CBC - January 8, 2018

The Saskatchewan government has announced marijuana will be sold by private companies after the drug is federally legalized.

'Our government is being diligent to ensure the sale and regulation of cannabis in Saskatchewan strikes a balance between public safety and access for consumers.' -GeneMakowsky, minister responsible for SLGA

Gene Makowsky, the minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA), said the move was made under a tough deadline. The federal government is pushing for a legalization date of July 1.

"The federal government has established very aggressive timelines for the legalization of cannabis," Makowsky said in a news release.

"Our government is being diligent to ensure the sale and regulation of cannabis in Saskatchewan strikes a balance between public safety and access for consumers."

Under the new rules, SLGA will issue about 60 retail permits to private stores located in roughly 40 municipalities and First Nations across the province. Municipalities will have the option to opt out of having a cannabis store if they choose.

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