OTTAWA, Nov. 8, 2018 /CNW/ – National Access Cannabis Corp. (“NAC” or the “Company”) (TSXV: META), a best practices leader in delivering secure, safe, and responsible access to legal cannabis in Canada, today announced the opening of Canada’s first legal recreational cannabis retail store on First Nation land in Opaskwayak Cree Nation (“OCN”), Manitoba. In addition, NAC expects to attend a pre-licence inspection relating to its proposed cannabis retail location in Long Plain First Nation Portage La Prairie, Manitoba on November 9, 2018 and be open shortly thereafter. It is expected that these two legal recreational cannabis retail stores will be staffed by First Nations members and operate in collaboration under NAC’s retail brand Meta Cannabis Supply Co.™ (“META”).
The retail locations are listed below:
Meta Cannabis Supply Co.
Hwy 10 N
Looking to Open Friday, November 9, 2018:
Meta Cannabis Supply Co.
79 Keeshkeemaquah Drive
Portage La Prairie, Manitoba
“I’m especially proud to announce these new META locations,” said Mark Goliger, CEO of NAC. “They represent the commitment and strength we have in our relationships with the Opaskwayak Cree Nation and Long Plain First Nation. These partnerships with First Nations represent a pivotal moment in our vision to build an expanding footprint of legal cannabis retail operations across Canada. Additionally, when added to the operational four NewLeaf branded stores opened in Alberta last week, it proves the power of our diversified retail strategy as we build momentum across Canada.”
“We have partnered with NAC to work toward further development for OCN and our community”, said Onekanew (Chief) Christian Sinclair of Opaskwayak Cree Nation and NAC board member. “This META store launch is a historic and exciting moment for our industry and will create local jobs and proper education for the legal cannabis retail model, and we have invested time and financing to support NAC for their retail expansion, because we believe in it.”
The Manitoba government has previously awarded the Company authorization to operate ten privately owned retail cannabis stores, as well as an e-commerce platform, in the Province of Manitoba. Additionally, as part of an anticipated opening of up to 220 retail cannabis locations across Canada over the next 18 months, the Company continues to develop its retail strategy to open more legal cannabis retail locations in partnership with three Manitoban Indigenous First Nations (Opaskwayak Cree Nation, Long Plain First Nation, and Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation). These partnerships are expected to establish retail cannabis distribution on First Nation lands under Indigenous and NAC leadership.