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 issue up to 60 cannabis retail permits across 40 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. An independent third party will be contracted to provide oversight through the permitting process.

The first phase will include screening 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.

How many permits can one operator hold?

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

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?

Under Canada’s proposed Cannabis Act, public possession of more than 30 grams of dried cannabis or its equivalent will be unlawful. However, individual provinces may restrict daily purchase limits.

This answer will be updated as more information becomes available.  

What is the minimum age of purchase for retail cannabis?

The minimum age under the federal government for cannabis possession and consumption is 18; however, provinces may enact higher age limits. Saskatchewan has not yet released information regarding age requirements for cannabis purchase.

This answer will be updated as more information becomes available.  

CANNABIS TRACKING AND REPORTING

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

The proposed Cannabis Act authorizes the Minister to establish a national cannabis tracking system and to require licensed operators to report all cannabis activity.

Details on the required information and timeframe for reporting have not yet been determined.

This answer will be updated as more information becomes available.  

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