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Retail cannabis permit lottery a ‘missed opportunity’ for La Loche: mayor – StarPhoenix

by ahnationtalk on June 5, 201878 Views

June 5, 2018

The mayor of a village in northern Saskatchewan and the chief of a nearby First Nation are not happy the only available retail cannabis permit in the area was won by a Saskatoon-based business with no connection to their communities.

Flower Power Cannabis Pharms Inc. won the permit for La Loche, beating out 14 other applicants for what will be the province’s most remote marijuana store, the provincial government announced Friday.

That doesn’t sit well with the village’s mayor, Robert St. Pierre, and Clearwater River Dene Nation Chief Teddy Clark, both of whom would have preferred the permit go to a partnership between their communities and the local Metis Nation.

“It should have been for La Loche, not for somebody else to benefit from the community,” Clark said of their proposal which, if successful, would have been run by local economic development corporations on behalf of the groups.

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