Courtesy of Lift Magazine
The New Brunswick Liquor Corporation recently released a call for bids for 15 different retail cannabis locations across the province.
The call for tender, or bid, says the crown corporation is looking for 3,000+ sq ft locations across the province and has a deadline for application of November 10, with requirements for things like parking and delivery truck space. A ‘bid security’ of $5,000 must be included with each bid.
The province requires that the locations be “substantially completed” by May 31, 2018. Listed locations are Moncton, Fredericton, Oromocto, Greater Saint John, Bathurst, Edmundston, Sackville, Shediac, Miramichi, Sussex, St. Stephen, Richibucto, Tracadie, Perth-Andover and the Campbellton area.
The New Brunswick Liquor Corporation (NBLC) is a provincial crown corporation responsible for the purchase, importation, distribution, and retail activity for alcoholic beverages in the province.
In September, the province announced a crown corporation distribution model for cannabis, but said they had not yet settled on a retail model. Two licensed cannabis producers, Organigram and Canopy Growth Corp. will be working with the provincial government to provide supply for retail stores in the province.
New Brunswick finance minister Cathy Rogers said at the time that the province does not intend for the crown corporation to directly conduct retail sales, but hopes to work with others to provide that framework.
The proposed legislation of the Cannabis Act, the government’s legalization bill currently making its way through Parliament, gives provinces control over distribution and retail, as well as age limits for consumption. Production is regulated federally.
Ontario announced their own intentions in September to control the distribution and sale of cannabis through their own Liquor Control Board of Ontario. British Columbia has announced a consultation process to look at retail options and says they have not ruled out a model that allows for private retail ownership.
Alberta announced their own draft regulations on October 4, saying they are not decided on what types of retail stores they may allow, either run by the province, run privately, or a mixture.
The Alberta government says the upfront cost of a crown-run corporation would be significant, but could be effective long-term for controlling sales. 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.
Other provinces and territories have not yet released substantial details about their own plans for retail sales or distribution of legal cannabis.
The Tender is available here and can be seen below.
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— Julia Wright (@thewrightpage) October 17, 2017
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