Calgary leads the country in cannabis retail, city grapples with costsPosted by On

Line-ups continue at FOUR20 Premium Market on MacLeod Trail in Calgary on Friday, October 19, 2018. Al Charest/Postmedia

Calgary is leading the country in cannabis retail with 24 licensed pot shops — more than twice as many outlets as the next highest jurisdiction — despite the province’s decision last fall to stop issuing further store licences.

“We’ve had remarkably little problem with the retailers here,” Mayor Naheed Nenshi said Thursday. “We have 24 private retail outlets in Calgary, which is by far the largest in the country.”

The mayor said that despite the city’s free-market approach to regulation, the province’s decision last November to halt licensing due to a shortage of cannabis supply has left some Calgary entrepreneurs in limbo.

The city has now approved development…

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