Manitoba looking for new cannabis retailers to set up shop

The province has conditionally accepted four proposals to operate retail cannabis stores. (File)

The Province of Manitoba has announced it will be opening the cannabis retail application to all prospective retailers starting June 1.

The province also announced it will introduce a new 'controlled-access' licence, which is reserved for a location within a core business where people under the age of 19 may enter.

The province also continues to offer the age-restricted licence for those who want to open a stand-alone store.

“This move will enable local entrepreneurs to create jobs and support Manitoba’s economy, which is a critical step as we work toward rebuilding Manitoba in the wake of COVID-19," said Crown Services Minister Jeff Wharton in a news release on Friday.

The province said to become a retailer, applicants have to complete the application process, enter into a Cannabis Store Retailer Agreement with Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries, and be issued a licence from the Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Authority of Manitoba.

The province said one location per applicant will be processed at a time, and there will be a priority for new entrants.

There are currently 30 stores with age-restricted licenses in Manitoba, according to the province. In this new phase, the province said retailers will not be allowed to own more than 15 per cent of stand-alone stores in Manitoba. It said this will be expanded as more stores enter the market.

More information on how to apply can be found online.