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.
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 states.
The SLGA will initially issue 51 cannabis retail permits across 32 municipalities and First Nations. Communities with populations of 2,500 or greater will be eligible for cannabis retail permitting; however, these communities will have the ability to opt out if they choose. Municipalities and First Nations with larger populations will be authorized additional permits.
Communities eligible for retail permits (total permits in parenthesis if greater than one) are:
Additional permits may be issued approximately 12-18 months after the initial allocation, depending on the government’s assessment of the program’s effectiveness and the demand for retail cannabis.
The SLGA will use a two-phase process for selecting retail operators.
The first phase will require applicants to respond to an RFP that screens for financial capacity as well as the ability to track and report cannabis inventory. Phase two will involve a random lottery selection of qualified applicants.
Applicants who successfully navigate phase one and are selected in the lottery drawing in phase two will be eligible to complete the full application process.
The process is anticipated to take roughly 10 weeks from the time the RFP documents are released.
Currently, operators may only be selected for one retail permit per community.
The deadline to respond to the RFP is 2 p.m. on April 10, 2018.
Yes. There is a $1,000 non-refundable submission fee associated with the RFP process. Additionally, applicants are required to submit their $2,000 permit application fee as well as first annual permit fee of $3,000 for cities or $1,500 for non-city locations.
If you are not selected to apply for a permit, the permit application fee and first annual permit fee will be refunded.
The link to the RFP can be found on this page.
You can download a free cannabis retail framework guide from the SLGA at this webpage.
Permitted cannabis retail operators must establish standalone storefronts that sell only cannabis, cannabis accessories, and ancillary items.
Yes; cannabis retailers will have the option to open online stores.
In Saskatchewan, customers may purchase no more than 30 grams of dried cannabis or its equivalent in one transaction. Equivalencies can be found in the chart in Canada’s proposed Cannabis Act.
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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