The Saskatchewan’s NDP says the province still remains “in the dark” regarding the sale of cannaibis in the province.
On Monday, Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming announced cannabis will be distributed by private retailers and regulated by the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority.
Interim leader Nicole Sarauer says people of Saskatchewan should have had more public involvement.
She says at this late date, it’s still not clear what role the SLGA and distributors of legal marijuana will play
“You might move to a different jurisdiction if it takes too long to know what the regulations are going to be, what the rules and parameters are going to be,” Sarauer said. “And it’s very difficult for communities to be able to create bylaws and get ready for July, when this happens.”
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Sarauer says it appears the government has not paid attention to feedback from recent public consultations.
“The people of Saskatchewan at least wanted some role for public involvement,” Saurauer said. “And some role for SLGA (Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Association). Most other province are using their SLGA-like organizations to be the warehouser and it’s interesting the Sask. Party is going in a different direction.”
She says at this late date, it’s still not clear what role the SLGA and distributors or legal marijuana will play.
“They still haven’t been able to tell us if those distributors have to be located in Saskatchewan, or are Saskatchewan businesses,” Sarauer said. “We’re very much still left in the dark. It doesn’t make sense for us to not use the infrastructure that we already have, like SLGA.”