Saskatchewan’s auditor has praised aspects of the province’s oversight of cannabis wholesalers and retailers, but wants to see a shift from education to enforcement of retailers.
As Saskatchewan and Manitoba open to more cannabis retail licence applications, companies large and small are assessing the opportunity. Manitoba greenlit applications for new cannabis retailers on June 1, and Saskatchewan will be accepting new applications in September. Both provinces are allowing store-in-store licences.
National Cannabis Distribution is a private cannabis wholesaler serving the non-medical Saskatchewan cannabis market. The business, started in late 2018, serves to connect cannabis producers with retailers.
Shelter Cannabis is a Saskatchewan-based cannabis processor who is emerging as one of the premier access points for the first micro cultivators who are bringing products to the consumer and medical market.
The second cannabis nursery licensed in Canada, Mother Labs Inc. has been turning out clones from their genetic bank of about 150 cultivars to dozens of cannabis growers, from large scale LPs to smaller micro cultivation licence holders.
GTEC Holding’s success in the “small batch” indoor cannabis markets, says Singhavon, can provide some valuable lessons for new licence holders entering the legal cannabis market, especially micro cultivators focusing on quality product.
Licenced in July 2019, North 40 Cannabis has made a splash with their high quality, small batch products. Gord Nichol is proud of his company’s achievements, and remains cautiously optimistic about the future of the cannabis market for other small scale growers like North 40.