Pubdate: Tue, 05 Dec 2017
Source: Telegram, The (CN NF)
Copyright: 2017 The Telegram
Author: Ashley Fitzpatrick
Page: A8


Liberals say still in the process of securing supply for legalization

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is busy making sure people
have access to cannabis for personal use if they want it, once it
becomes legalized in July 2018.

As announced, the Liberals will have the Newfoundland and Labrador
Liquor Corporation (NLC) providing all of the cannabis needed here, as
obtained from Health Canada-certified suppliers and sold through the
NLC and NLC-certified retailers.

Questions coming now from the province's Progressive Conservatives
are: who will be our initial suppliers, for how much and for how long?

The PCS want to know if the agreements for initial supply will allow
for N.l.-based suppliers to enter into the market.

Interim leader Paul Davis pressed the subject in Question Period,
asking if the government will be issuing a formal request for
proposals for NLC'S marijuana supply.

The province has announced there will be a public call for businesses
interested in becoming front-end retailers, but the same cannot be
said on the supply side.

Justice Minister Andrew Parsons previously noted the certification of
safe suppliers is a federal process and he repeated it again in
responding to questions Monday.

"What we can say is that there are significant regulations when it
comes to this and it is federally controlled who gets production, but
we will continue to work with entrepreneurs to ensure that we have
production here in this province," he said.

There have been talks already between government and potential
suppliers based outside of the province - certified and in a position
to supply the NLC.

Names have not been released, but Tourism, Culture, industry and
Innovation Minister Chris Mitchelmore said in November further
information will be released when the province has signed on a
supplier or suppliers.
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