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Private stores will sell pot in Manitoba while province will control distributionProgressive Conservatives explain their plan for the legal trade of marijuana
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Manitoba has unveiled a "hybrid model" for selling pot in the province when recreational marijuana use becomes legal next July.
The Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Corp. will secure the supply of marijuana and track it in Manitoba, but private retail stores will be in charge of selling it.
Pot won't be sold where alcohol is sold, which means the province won't have to pay for new storefronts, Premier Brian Pallister said at a news conference on Tuesday.
Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries will deal with supply chains and orders from retailers, and retail stores will open as early as July 2, 2018.
Marijuana is scheduled to be legalized under federal legislation on July 1, 2018.
The province is now taking applications from retailers to open one or more stores to sell pot. That process will remain open until Dec. 22, 2017. "This is a step by step process," said Pallister, who did not reveal at what age people will be able to legally purchase pot.
Pallister also did not say how many stores will be allowed. "We'll wait and see what the request for proposal allows as a response, I suppose. We remain anticipating we'll have a great response," said Pallister.
Applications from retailers will have to meet a "wide array of stipulations," including things such as distance from schools and protection of cannabis supply sources, he said. "We also want to be sure that we get access to the Manitoba market. This is important in terms of competitiveness. This is one of the main concerns. It's fine to say, 'We have stores,' but people don't go to stores unless there's a competitive service or product being offered there," said Pallister.
The province is open to private retailers selling online, he said, and cannabis should also be accessible within a 30-minute drive for about