Published May 9, 2018 – Last Edited May 10, 2018
The grocery giant, Loblaw Companies Ltd. is targeting 10 cannabis retail locations in Newfoundland and Labrador in preparation for upcoming legalization of recreational marijuana.
The Newfoundland Labrador Liquor Corporation (NLC) released the names and locations of 24 qualified applicants, of which 10 are Loblaw, that are going through the process to become licensed cannabis retailers in the province.
The 10 Loblaw locations that qualified in St. John’s, Conception Bay South and Mount Pearl, are adjacent to existing Dominion grocery stores that have liquor stores attached.
The NLC was given the necessary authority by the provincial government to ensure a safe and secure supply of non-medical cannabis throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.
According to Sharon Sparkes, President & CEO of NLC, “ensuring province-wide access to nonmedical cannabis through the right mix of retail partners will ensure NLC fulfills its commitment to the government and people of the Province.”
Ms. Sparkes goes on to say, “NLC is committed to ensuring the delivery of a safe, responsible and accessible cannabis retail operation.”
Other applicants on the list included licensed marijuana producer Canopy Growth, Tobin’s Convenience, The Herbal Centre, The Health Vibe and Dee’s Dee’s Shoppe.
Loblaw is currently going through the necessary process to sell recreational marijuana adjacent to their Dominion grocery stores locations, and conduct medical sales through their Shopper’s Drug Mart locations in the province.
The Canadian Press reported that Loblaw spokeswoman Catherine Thomas said – the grocery retailer does not intend to sell recreational marijuana on its grocery store shelves in the province.
“While people might imagine recreational cannabis on our grocery shelves in Newfoundland and Labrador, this is not our plan. It would be available behind the counter, in small, existing tobacco shops, adjacent but separate to our Dominion grocery stores,” Catherine Thomas, Loblaw’s senior director of external communication, said in an emailed statement.
The 24 qualified retail applicants announced by the NLC will need to begin the next phase of the application process to become Licensed Cannabis Retailers (LCR) in the province.
Loblaw is also waiting for its Health Canada license approval to distribute medical marijuana through is subsidiary Shopper’s Drug Mart. Shopper’s Drug Mart has secured supply agreements with some of the biggest marijuana producers in Canada.
By Marijuana.Ca Staff