Saskatchewan Dispensary Laws

Dispensary Laws and Regulations for Saskatchewan Retailers

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.

CANNABIS RETAIL PERMITS

How many cannabis retail permits will be issued in Saskatchewan?

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:

  • Assiniboia
  • Battleford
  • Biggar
  • Canora
  • Esterhazy
  • Estevan (2)
  • Fort Qu’Appelle
  • Humboldt
  • Kindersley
  • La Loche
  • La Ronge
  • Lac La Ronge First Nation
  • Lloydminster (2)
  • Maple Creek
  • Martensville
  • Meadow Lake
  • Melfort
  • Melville
  • Moose Jaw (2)
  • Moosomin
  • Nipawin
  • North Battleford (2)
  • Onion Lake First Nation
  • Outlook
  • Peter Ballantyne First Nation
  • Pilot Butte
  • Prince Albert (2)
  • Regina (6)
  • RM of Corman Park
  • RM of Edenwold
  • Rosetown
  • Saskatoon (7)
  • Shellbrook
  • Swift Current (2)
  • Tisdale
  • Unity
  • Warman (2)
  • Weyburn (2)
  • White City
  • Yorkton (2)

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.

What is the process for cannabis retail permitting in Saskatchewan?

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.

How Long Will the application and permitting process take?

The process is anticipated to take roughly 10 weeks from the time the RFP documents are released.

How many permits can one operator hold?

Currently, operators may only be selected for one retail permit per community.

What is the deadline for responding to the RFP?

The deadline to respond to the RFP is 2 p.m. on April 10, 2018.

Are there fees associated with the RFP/application process?

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.

How do I access the RFP and respond?

The link to the RFP can be found on this page.

Where can I find more information about the RFP and permitting process?

You can download a free cannabis retail framework guide from the SLGA at this webpage.

CANNABIS RETAIL SALES

What kind of retail locations are authorized?

Permitted cannabis retail operators must establish standalone storefronts that sell only cannabis, cannabis accessories, and ancillary items.

Will online cannabis sales be authorized?

Yes; cannabis retailers will have the option to open online stores.

What are the purchase limits for retail customers?

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.

What is the minimum age of purchase for retail cannabis?

The minimum age in Saskatchewan for cannabis possession and consumption is 18.

What hours will cannabis retailers be authorized to operate?

Cannabis retailers are authorized to operate between 8 a.m. and 3 a.m., unless further restricted by the local government. Cannabis retailers must operate for a minimum of six hours per day, five days per week.

CANNABIS TRACKING AND REPORTING

What is required of cannabis retailers with regard to tracking and reporting?

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:

  • Complete customer transactions
  • Maintain accurate inventory
  • Produce files for ordering, reporting, and remitting taxes
  • Produce reports in multiple formats
  • Track inventory across the entire supply chain
  • Track recalls, waste, and destruction of property
  • Track and manage multiple products by category

Does COVA POS meet all the Saskatchewan RFP’s requirements?

Yes; Cova’s cannabis-specific retail point of sale software satisfies all the requirements of Saskatchewan’s RFP and includes many more features to help your cannabis retail operation thrive.

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