Canopy Growth and Delta 9 both welcomed, in a company release, the Government of Manitoba’s decision to allow for privately run retail operations.
Canopy and Winnipeg-based Delta 9 agreed to work collaboratively within the proposed framework, which the government of Manitoba unveiled yesterday for recreational cannabis production, distribution and retail.
The framework is a hybrid model that includes both private retail and public distribution. In the announcement, the government said, “The Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Corporation (MBLL) will secure and track supply of cannabis sold in Manitoba, while the private sector will operate all retail locations.”
The Manitoba government issued an “expression of interest” on July 27, 2017 to ascertain market capability and interest to accommodate services that will be required for production, distribution and retail of marijuana in Manitoba.
Canopy and Delta 9 submitted a “collaborative expression of interest” in July outlining their participation plans to pursue “privately owned and operated retail” within Manitoba’s recreational marketplace.
“As provinces continue to roll out distribution and retail strategies we are starting to gain a clearer understanding of our operational needs leading into next year,” said Mark Zekulin, President, Canopy Growth.
“Manitoba has signaled an openness to private retail operations, and as responsible private companies already meeting the strict regulations for the production and sale of medical cannabis across the country, we believe our track record positions us well to satisfy the government’s objectives while meeting the needs of Manitoba consumers. We are proud to partner with a respected, responsible local Manitoba company in Delta 9 to bring our offering forward,” commented Zekulin.
So far, Manitoba is the first province to adopt a private-run retail model in their proposed framework. Ontario and New Brunswick have both opted for Crown-run marijuana stores, in preparation for the federally mandated legalization of adult-use cannabis, this July 2018.
By Marijuana.Ca Staff