Courtesy of Lift Magazine
Cannabis will be a topic of discussion at the Alberta Liquor Industry Conference in Calgary on October 17. Canopy Growth Corporation’s CEO Bruce Linton is scheduled to give the lunch keynote speech during Tuesday’s meeting, and Stan Swiatek, founder of Airdrie-based cannabis producer Sundial Growers will discuss leveraging Alberta’s liquor model for cannabis sales.
The Alberta Liquor Store Association conference is a partnership between the Alberta Gaming Liquor Commission (AGLC) and Connect Logistics.
Under Alberta’s proposed cannabis regulations, the AGLC will be given the mandate for oversight, compliance and distribution of non-medical cannabis in Alberta. Although the province has not made any final decisions on their plan for retail cannabis, they say they are open to a system run by the province, run privately, or a mixture of both.
Connect Logistics Services provides complete liquor warehousing and distribution services to liquor suppliers in Alberta. As a distribution agency of the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, Connect Logistics Services handles all spirits, wines, liqueurs, coolers and import beer destined for sale in Alberta. Alberta has over 2,000 licensed alcohol retailers.
The Alberta government says the upfront cost of a crown-run corporation would be significant, but could be effective long-term for controlling sales effectively. Using a private retail system similar to how Alberta regulates alcohol sales would be harder to manage, says the province, but could be more responsive to consumer needs.
At least one national retail chain, Couche-Tard, has been lobbying the Alberta government for retail sales.
Sundial Growers is one of four companies currently licensed to cultivate cannabis in Alberta (currently only for medical purposes). Canopy Growth is based in Ontario and represents numerous licensed cannabis producers in Canada through their various acquisitions and partnerships.
A group of 12 medical marijuana producers have also come forward with their own plan for retails sales in Alberta under the banner of the Canadian Cannabis Co-op.
The Alberta Liquor Industry Conference (ALIC) takes place Monday Oct 16 and Tuesday Oct 17 at the Calgary Airport Marriott.
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