LETHBRIDGE - While there may not be any cannabis retail stores opening exactly on Oct. 17 in Lethbridge, that doesn’t mean that there won’t be a store or two ready to open a short time later.
Kaleigh Miller, Senior Communications Spokesperson for AGLC, says the list of 17 retail locations across the province released last week, simply indicates that those business owners, as of Oct. 5, were ready for their final inspections, had their municipal development permit, and were prepared for any minor storefront issues to be addressed by the legalization date.
“As of the 17th we will have those stores open, and then we will see a continuous on-boarding of retailers on the 18th, 19th, 20th and so on. And by the end of October, we anticipate being closer to the range of 80 to 100 retail stores across the province.”
Those that are ready to open are located mainly in the central and northern half of the province, although two are also located in Calgary, along with three stores in Medicine Hat.
While Miller says she can’t speak to exactly when any retail cannabis store will open in Lethbridge, it likely won’t be long at all after the Oct. 17.
“It will depend on how far those businesses are with regard to getting everything finalized…it could be as soon as the 18th.”
Anyone who is interested in knowing when a store is open for business will also be able to go to the AGLC website the day of legalization, find their city and search for retail locations in their area.
“With cannabis, you can go to https://aglc.ca/ and look under our cannabis tab. And you’ll find a portal where you can type in your municipality and it will actually show you where your closest retail locations are,” Miller explained.
As more retailers open, they will be added to the list. For those who wish to purchase recreational marijuana online, AGLC will be ready to accept orders as of 12:01 a.m. Oct. 17.
To do so, go to https://albertacannabis.org/ .
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