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Saskatoon is now home to six legal recreational cannabis stores.

Prairie Records opened two locations over the weekend, opening on 4/20 - a day of celebration and advocacy for cannabis activists, patients and enthusiasts.

The newly-opened cannabis shops are owned by Calgary-based company Westleaf Inc. These are their second and third shops to receive licencing to sell cannabis. Their first location opened in Warman, Saskatchewan in February.

Adam Coates with WestLeaf Inc. said they’re looking forward  to opening more stores in Saskatchewan and building a 130,000 sq.-ft. cannabis cultivation facility in partnership with the Thunderchild First Nation.

“We’re incredibly excited to have a significant footprint in Saskatchewan,” he said. “With our cultivation facility, we’re building in Battleford, SK.”

Thunderchild First Nation invested $8 million with Westleaf Inc. in 2017.

Coates said the First Nation community has been a valued partner in getting the growing facility off the ground.

“They saw the same shared vision and values of community and actually doing the right things in the cannabis industry,” he said.

The new cannabis facility is expected to benefit the First Nations community financially and will also provide up to 150 new jobs.

Coates said Westleaf expects the new licenced facility to be growing cannabis by the end of the year if everything stays on schedule.

“It’s really important to work with the regulator and the governments,” he said. “There are lots of regulations and it’s new ground for everybody.”

Since the legalization of cannabis in October of 2018, there have been some supply issues for retailers and keeping cannabis on the shelves has proven to be challenging.

Statistics Canada reports 79% of cannabis sales are still being purchased through the black market.

Source: https://globalnews.ca/news/5187840/cannabis-shops-saskatoon/

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