Do you know of a facility in New Brunswick that might work for legal cannabis distribution? If so, the provincial government wants to hear from you.
The New Brunswick Liquor Corporation has released a call for bids for 15 different retail cannabis locations across the province.
The bid states that the crown corporation is seeking 3,000+ sq ft locations with parking and delivery truck space. A ‘bid security’ of $5,000 must accompany all bids, which are due by Nov. 10.
The bid indicates the province is looking to open facilities in 15 locations across New Brunswick: Moncton, Fredericton, Oromocto, Greater Saint John, Bathurst, Edmundston, Sackville, Shediac, Miramichi, Sussex, St. Stephen, Richibucto, Tracadie, Perth-Andover and the Campbellton area. The facilities must be “substantially completed” by May 31, 2018.
Last month, New Brunswick officials announced a crown corporation distribution model for cannabis and revealed that licensed cannabis producers Organigram and Canopy Growth Corp. would be supplying the product. While officials said the crown corporation likely won't manage direct retail sales, the province plans to collaborate with others in structuring that framework.
The Canadian government will legalize cannabis for recreational use across the country next July, but decisions regarding distribution and age limit have been left to the provinces.