When it comes to how many pot stores will be open to customers on Wednesday, the first day of legalized marijuana, Saskatchewan comes out a bit lower than average.
Only seven shops in Saskatchewan were ready to open Wednesday, according to the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Commission. According to the SLGA website, the seven retail locations were able to open as of Wednesday include one store each in: Regina, Moose Jaw, Martensville, Yorkton, Battleford, and North Battleford.
As of 11:30 a.m. the New Leaf Emporium in Moose Jaw changed its voicemail to say the store was not opening today “due to circumstances beyond their control.”
There were 51 licenses handed out earlier this year. Some cities like Weyburn and Saskatoon won’t have any store open on legalization day.
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Seven is on the lower side of average when compared to the rest of the country.
You can check out the map of every location open in Saskatchewan as of Wednesday here.
Ontario and Nunavut are the only provinces which won’t have any stores open on Wednesday.
Ontario was planning to have government-run stores handle marijuana sales, but that plan was scrapped when Doug Ford came into power. He’s turning sales over the private sector, but that isn’t expected to happen for months yet.
Nunavut reportedly has no plans to allow physical pot stores to operate there.
Surprisingly, British Columbia – often referred to as the pot capital of Canada – is only expected to have one legal marijuana store open on Wednesday. Yukon is also only expected to have one store open Wednesday, in White Horse.
As a region, the Maritimes seem the most organized and ready to go for legalization.
All 20 of New Brunswick’s government-run stores are expected to be open. The government’s 12 stores are expected to be open in Nova Scotia on Wednesday. Between 24 and 30 locations will be open in Newfoundland and Labrador. And three of Prince Edward Island’s four stores will be open on Wednesday.
Quebec established a new Crown Corporation to sell pot in that province. It’s going to open 20 cannabis stores altogether, but only about 12 are expected to be open on Wednesday.
Manitoba was originally expected to have about 30 private stores stocked and open on Wednesday, but that number has been revised and only six have been approved to open.
The Northwest Territories is going to have six pot shops open for legalization as well, but they won’t technically be their own store-fronts – marijuana will be sold within the province’s liquor stores.
And while Alberta will only have about 17 shops open on Wednesday, by the time things are all said and done, more than 250 are expected to eventually open in that province.