Cannabis company looking at Main Street store sites: council

Members of city council provided new information on Flin Flon’s cannabis retail situation during council’s June 11 meeting.

Flin Flon mayor Cal Huntley said a numbered company, identified as Garden Variety Cannabis Company, approached the city in regard to Main Street rental properties to be used for a cannabis retail location.

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In May, the provincial government selected a primary retailer and standby retailer for cannabis retail. The primary retailer, named as 10552763 Canada Corporation and identified as Garden Variety, is a Winnipeg-based company. The group is formed by five separate entities, a partnership of First Nations companies and other groups with holdings elsewhere in Canada’s cannabis industry.

Auxly Cannabis, a Toronto-based company, was selected as a standby retailer.

Last year, the city approved zoning the uptown business area, consisting mostly of Main Street and some nearby locations, for cannabis retail sales. No other locations are currently zoned by the city for legal cannabis sales.

“They did approach us with regards to rental properties that might be available on Main Street. I think that’s about the extent of it,” said Huntley.

Councillor Karen MacKinnon, also the president of the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce, said the company had also reached out to chamber.

“They’re actively looking for properties in publicly zoned areas,” said MacKinnon.

Huntley said the city’s administration will support the company in getting established in the community where required.

“It’s a legal business now, so we would like to welcome it to the community,” He said.

“We’ve said that it’s going to happen anyway, so we might as well streamline the zoning bylaws to allow it to take place in the best fashion it can.”

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