Canopy Growth wins bid to run cannabis stores in Manitoba

Canopy Growth Corp., with files from the Canadian Press
February 16, 2018
By Canopy Growth Corp., with files from the Canadian Press
Canopy Growth wins bid to run cannabis stores in Manitoba
Credit: canopygrowth.com
SMITHS FALLS – Canopy Growth Corporation has been conditionally selected by the Government of Manitoba to operate cannabis retail stores in the province. 

Canopy Growth, along with its partner Delta 9, is one of four successful candidates chosen to operate a number of retail locations throughout the province. 

The province also accepted a proposal from Hiku Brands subsidiary Tokyo Smoke, which already has non-dispensary retail stores in Ontario and Alberta.

Manitoba also selected National Access Cannabiswhich is expected to adapt its medical clinic model to cater to the province's retail cannabis market. Licensed medical marijuana producer Tilray said Friday it had signed a letter of intent with National Access Cannabisto supply the Manitoba market.

The province also chose a proposal from a new corporation comprised of the Fisher River Cree Nation in Manitoba, Chippewas of the Thames First Nation in Ontario, Barrie-based MediPharm Labs, Toronto-based Avana Canada Inc. and Colorado-based Native Roots Dispensary.

The approvals are conditional on completing definitive agreements and other documentation.

Further details on locations and store quantities will follow as the RFP process is finalized.

Once official, this will mark Canopy Growth's second provincial retail agreement after previously announcing plans to apply to operate four retail stores in the Province of Newfoundland & Labrador. 

To date, four provinces in Canada have put forward their retail and supply frameworks including New Brunswick, Newfoundland and LAbrador, and Prince Edward Island; and all of them have chosen Canopy Growth as partner and supplier. 

Just this week, Canopy Growth also entered into a Letter of Intent (LOI) with the province of Quebec to supply up to 12,000 kg of cannabis in that province annually. 

 Mark Zekulin, President, Canopy Growth said, "We look forward to establishing friendly and modern retail spaces that prioritize consumer education and superior customer service.”

The stores will offer adult customers products from Tweed, Leafs By Snoop, DNA Genetics and other independent CraftGrow partners from around the country.

 The Canadian Press
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