Entrepreneurs and investors interested in cannabis retail will have plenty of opportunity in Saskatchewan. The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) will issue cannabis retail permits and regulate the wholesale and retail of cannabis products by private operators. Initially, the number of stores was limited to 51, but starting in the spring of 2020, SLGA will move to an open market system, removing the cap on the number of licenses available in the province.
Applications for retail permits in communities under 2500 people will be accepted beginning in April 2020. In September, applications for permits in all other communities will be accepted.
Below are answers to frequently asked Saskatchewan dispensary laws questions regarding the permitting process and the retail sale of cannabis in Saskatchewan. This page will be updated frequently as more information is released. Be sure to check out our Canada dispensary laws page for information about regulations in other provinces.
The SLGA initially issued 51 cannabis retail permits across 32 municipalities and First Nations. Beginning in 2020, an open system will be used for cannabis retail licensing. In April 2020, SLGA will accept new applications in communities with fewer than 2500 people. In September, you will be able to submit an application for a permit to operate in any community in the province.
Application forms and updated information about permits will be made available on the SLGA website.
You will initially be able to apply for a permit to operate in a community with a population under 2500.
In September, applications will be available for permits to operate a cannabis retail store in all other Saskatchewan communities.
You can familiarize yourself with the information you will need to provide in the Cannabis Regulatory Policy Manual.
The SLGA has not provided an estimate on how long it will take to approve an application. The length of time will vary depending on many factors. Permits will not be issued until applicants have secured property and met the SLGAs standards on all operating requirements, including retail software, security, financial capacity, and other criteria.
Currently, operators may only be selected for one retail permit per community.
There is a $2000 application fee for all cannabis retail permits. In addition, there is a $3000 annual permit fee for stores operating in cities, or a $1000 annual fee to operate in all other communities.
Permitted cannabis retail operators must establish standalone storefronts that sell only cannabis, cannabis accessories, and ancillary items.
Yes; retailers have the option to open online stores and offer delivery or Click-and-Collect service.
In Saskatchewan, customers may purchase no more than 30 grams of dried cannabis or its equivalent in edibles, concentrates, liquid product, or seeds in one transaction. Learn more here about cannabis equivalencies and purchase limits in Saskatchewan.
The minimum age in Saskatchewan for cannabis possession and consumption is 18.
Cannabis retailers are authorized to operate between 8 a.m. and 3
In the RFP, Saskatchewan cannabis retail license applicants must give a detailed description of their proposed inventory management and sales tracking system. Specifically, retailers must demonstrate an ability to:
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