New Brunswick wants to privatize its cannabis stores

CannabisNB, the provincial Crown agency tasked with selling recreational cannabis to consumers in New Brunswick, has said they are considering the privatization of all 20 stores in their province. The organization has put out a request for proposals, otherwise known as a tender, on its website for private companies to bid. The deadline is set for Jan. 10, 2020, and applicants will need to demonstrate experience in the sale of recreational cannabis, financial capacity to develop and sustain operations, and a viable program to combat the illegal market. The tender will also require the winning applicants to demonstrate they can facilitate “high-quality service” through “price competitiveness” and “product diversity.” The move comes following reports that CannabisNB lost as much as $12 million in its first twelve months. The company has yet to turn a profit. Related New Brunswick Considering Privatization After Cannabis NB Loss However, members of the private sector may want to calm their excitement. The government is seeking just one private company to run all of its stores. So while the government is looking to privatize cannabis sales in the province, it would not open up a free market system, seen flourishing in provinces like Alberta and British Columbia. Related Cannabis NB Blamed its $2M First Quarter Loss on the Illicit Market Even still, the CannabisNB brand will likely remain, and end-consumers may not notice too many differences when purchasing cannabis.   Share   Print Harrison Jordan Harrison Jordan is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto and enjoys reading and writing about the regulatory affairs of cannabis in Canada and around the world. Health Avoid these ingredients in cannabis oil vape cartridges Canada Click-and-collect, farm-fresh cannabis coming to Ontario Industry Will the Price of Cannabis in Canada Ever Drop? Canada How Canadian retailers guide customers to the right kind of cannabis
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CannabisNB, the provincial Crown agency tasked with selling recreational cannabis to consumers in New Brunswick, has said they are considering the privatization of all 20 stores in their province.

The organization has put out a request for proposals, otherwise known as a tender, on its website for private companies to bid.

The deadline is set for Jan. 10, 2020, and applicants will need to demonstrate experience in the sale of recreational cannabis, financial capacity to develop and sustain operations, and a viable program to combat the illegal market.

The tender will also require the winning applicants to demonstrate they can facilitate “high-quality service” through “price competitiveness” and “product diversity.”

The move comes following reports that CannabisNB lost as much as $12 million in its first twelve months. The company has yet to turn a profit.

Related

New Brunswick Considering Privatization After Cannabis NB Loss

However, members of the private sector may want to calm their excitement. The government is seeking just one private company to run all of its stores.

So while the government is looking to privatize cannabis sales in the province, it would not open up a free market system, seen flourishing in provinces like Alberta and British Columbia.

Related

Cannabis NB Blamed its $2M First Quarter Loss on the Illicit Market

Even still, the CannabisNB brand will likely remain, and end-consumers may not notice too many differences when purchasing cannabis.

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Harrison Jordan

Harrison Jordan is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto and enjoys reading and writing about the regulatory affairs of cannabis in Canada and around the world.

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