The Alberta, Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis Commission has chosen 13 licensed producers to provide cannabis to stores and the province’s online site when the country legalizes the drug on Oct. 17.
Of the 13 approved companies, only two currently have operations in Alberta — Aurora Cannabis with two growing facilities and Canopy Growth with a facility in Edmonton that was scheduled to open earlier this year.
Aurora currently has facilities in Mountain View County and near the Edmonton International Airport, and will be opening a third facility in Medicine Hat later this year.
The other companies, 7 Acres/The Supreme Cannabis Company, ABCann Global, Aphria Inc., CannTrust, Emblem Cannabis, Maricann Group Inc., MedReleaf Corp., Starseed Medicinal Inc., UP Cannabis Inc., Weed MD all operate primarily out of Ontario, with Organigram working from New Brunswick.
“The AGLC is committed to providing the Alberta market with access to federally regulated cannabis in a safe and fiscally responsible manner while helping to shrink the illicit market. We are confident that those we are working with will help us fulfil our responsibilities to Albertans,” said AGLC CEO and VP Niaz Nejad in a statement.
Albertans will be able to purchase cannabis through as many as 700 potential stores — more than 200 hope to open in Calgary — or through the AGLC at albertacannabis.org.
The AGLC fielded 31 pitches and says it will sanction more licensed producers in the future with a focus on Alberta-based producers.
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