NAC granted permission to build, develop and operate ten retail cannabis stores in Manitoba
OTTAWA, July 3, 2018 /CNW/ – National Access Cannabis Corp. (“NAC” or the “Company”) (TSX VENTURE: META) today announced that the government of Manitoba has awarded the Company permission to operate ten privately owned retail cannabis stores, as well as an e-commerce platform, in the Province.
The initial ten recreational cannabis retail stores are planned to operate under NAC’s retail brand Meta Cannabis Supply Co.™ (“META”) and are expected to be located throughout the Province, including a planned four in Winnipeg, one in Brandon and five in smaller Manitoba municipalities. These premium stores will be built around a model of customer education, immersive retail environments, technology and quality cannabis and cannabis-related product offerings, with a balanced range of pricing and product lines.
Additionally, the Company continues to develop its retail strategy to open cannabis retail locations in partnership with five Manitoban Indigenous First Nations (Opaskwayak Cree Nation, Long Plain First Nation, Peguis First Nation, Brokenhead Ojibway Nation and Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation). These partnerships are expected to establish retail cannabis distribution on First Nation lands under Indigenous and NAC leadership.
“We are excited about NAC’s future in Manitoba’s recreational cannabis market and I look forward to providing updates as we work with the regulators to be awarded additional locations,” said Mark Goliger, Chief Executive Officer of National Access Cannabis. “With NAC’s history operating nationwide cannabis-focused medical clinics, close First Nations and Licensed Producer relationships, and our strong consideration for safety, security and harm reduction, NAC is well positioned to provide recreational customers with special in-store experiences in an environment where education and access to quality products with a range of options and pricing are our top priorities.”
“First Nations have the opportunity to acquire licenses to operate legal retail cannabis stores on our land. As we have publicly announced previously, we look forward to working with NAC, and opening META stores at our partnership locations. These locations will be in addition to the ten corporate sites that NAC has received permission from the Manitoba government, creating a strong retail network of META stores in Indigenous communities,” said Onekanew Christian Sinclair of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation, and director of National Access Cannabis.
NAC is working closely with the Province of Manitoba to obtain the necessary permits for the META stores and will announce chosen locations soon.