April 20, 2018

Permit Process for Cannabis Wholesale Permits Now Open

The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) is now accepting applications for wholesale cannabis permits as well as licensed producer registrations.

Permitted wholesalers will be able to purchase cannabis from federally-licensed producers that are registered to supply the Saskatchewan market or from other permitted wholesalers operating in the province.

Wholesale permittees can only sell to retailers, not the general public, and must physically operate within Saskatchewan.  There is no limit to the number of wholesale permits and no deadline to apply.  Federally-licensed producers must also register with SLGA if they want to sell cannabis to Saskatchewan wholesalers or retailers. That registration process is now open.

“Our government is committed to ensuring that the legalization of cannabis is focused on protecting the public,” Minister Responsible for SLGA Gene Makowsky said.  “Having SLGA permitted wholesalers and federally-licensed producers will help ensure that the supply of cannabis in our province is safe.”

Wholesale permittees will be required to meet criteria regarding good character, storage and transportation security, and capacity to track and report inventory and sales.  The fee for a wholesale permit is $5,000 ($2,000 non-refundable application fee, $3,000 annual permit fee).  The registration fee for federally-licensed producers is $2,000 ($500 non-refundable application fee, $1,500 annual permit fee).

The process to select 51 retail cannabis permits in 32 Saskatchewan communities continues to move forward.  SLGA received more than 1,500 submissions for cannabis retail permits when the deadline closed on April 10.

“Interest in the cannabis retail sector was very strong,” Makowsky said.  “The evaluation process is now underway and submissions that meet the requirements will be randomly selected for permits.  We expect to announce the successful cannabis retail permittees in the coming weeks prior to federal legalization.”

More information can be found at www.slga.com.