Manitoba offers first glimpse at plan for cannabis legalization Tuesday – Winnipeg

Manitobans will find out a bit more about the province’s plan for the distribution and sale of marijuana on Tuesday. Marijuana will be legalized on July 1, 2018 and for the past few months the province has been hearing from various industry members on how it could possibly work.

Premier Brian Pallister, Justice Minister Heather Stefanson and Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minster Blaine Pedersen are expected to speak about the next steps towards legalization Tuesday afternoon. They will be speaking at 12:45 p.m. and that update will be live streamed on this page.

READ MORE: Some Manitobans worry province is falling behind on cannabis plan for July 2018

The news conference will focus on the province’s retail and distribution plan.

The province told Global News in October that nearly 60 Manitobans have put together production and distribution proposals in anticipation of legalization.

Ontario released its pot plan in September with a goal of selling marijuana in as many as 150 stores controlled by that province’s liquor control board.

READ MORE: Manitoba looking for marijuana suppliers and retailers as legalization draws near

While it’s not clear what Manitoba plans to do the premier hinted Monday he was strongly in favour of private-sector involvement.

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