Published Friday, February 16, 2018 8:15AM CST
Last Updated Friday, February 16, 2018 8:17AM CST
Four companies have been conditionally accepted by the province to run cannabis retail stores, the Manitoba government announced Friday.
The province put out a request for proposals in November of 2017.
According to a news release, the four companies accepted are Consortium of Delta 9 Cannabis Inc. and Canopy Growth Corp., National Access Cannabis, Tokyo Smoke and 10552763 Canada Corp.
“Following a thorough evaluation process, it has been determined that these four proposals best meet the criteria outlined in the (Request For Proposals),” Minister of Growth, Enterprise and Trade said in the release.
The province said these acceptances are conditional based on several factors, like whether the companies reach all the necessary agreements and provide the required documents
The government plans to work with these four companies on the next stages of the process, including determining how many stores they can operate under provincial licensing arrangements.
“Our primary concern from the start has been public safety, and this will continue to be paramount,” Blaine Pedersen said.
“We’ve said from the outset that this process has been rushed and it’s more important to get it right than meet an arbitrary deadline.”
The news release said that the province is still set to have these stores open as early as July 2.
Published at Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:15:00 -0500