Saskatchewan will issue about 60 cannabis retail permits to private operators in as many as 40 municipalities and First Nation communities once legalization comes into effect this summer, the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) said in a statement.

The Saskatchewan Party government is allowing communities with a population of at least 2,500 to be eligible for a cannabis retailer. Who gets to be those retailers will be decided in a lottery of applicants by the province. Eligibility for the lottery will be based on financial capacity, and ability to monitor the product’s supply chain and character.

Stores must also have the ability to track and report on cannabis inventory, the government said, and specific details around permits and application timelines will be announced in the coming weeks as well as the minimum age.

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