The provincial government spoke about the legalization of Cannabis on Wednesday afternoon.
Just seven stores opened across the province, despite 51 licences issued across the province.
However, Minister responsible for SLGA Gene Makowsky said compared to other provinces, Saskatchewan’s cannabis legalization roll-out went well.
“Calgary has two (dispensaries open), and they have a population of well over one-million, and only one government shop in all of BC,” Makowsky said. “So that gives you some perspective in terms of their population; they have far more folks within their borders than us. I guess if you want to look at per-capita, or size, I think we’re right there.”
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However, there are several glaring issues with the province’s roll-out of cannabis legalization according to the provincial NDP.
Nicole Sarauer said the Sask party government dragged their heels when it came to cannabis, and are going to pay for it with only seven dispensaries open for opening day.
Sarauer said the fact that municipalities are not getting a share of the revenue is concerning.
“They (municipalities) are going to face the brunt of some of the (costs), for example, the regulatory compliance, the bylaw compliance, and the policing expenses that will happen as a result of the legalization.”
Meanwhile, with Cannabis now legal across Canada, and the federal government is looking into pardoning those with prior pot possession charges.
The Saskatchewan government on the other hand, isn’t very onside with the idea.
Minister of Justice Don Morgan says while he is against the idea, it’s another federal decision the province will have to live with.
“At the time those offences took place, it was against the law, and (it’s) up to any individual to apply for a pardon,” Morgan said. “To do them on a wholesale basis, I guess is a federal decision.”
Canada is only the second country to legalize cannabis, but is the largest and is the only G7 country to do so.