The New Brunswick government plans to sell recreational marijuana through a network of 20 stand-alone nonprofit stores in 15 communities that will be owned and operated by a subsidiary of the Crown corporation NB Liquor.
The move effectively blocks the private sector from capitalizing on the province’s adult-use retail industry when legal MJ sales begin across Canada, which is expected to occur next summer.
The move hardly comes as a surprise. In September, a provincial task force recommended that recreational marijuana be sold through government-run stores.
Two weeks later, the province signed separate supply agreements with Organigram and