The Edmonton area will be the best place in Alberta to shop around for weed on the first day that cannabis is legalized on Oct. 17.
Seventeen retailers in Alberta have been issued interim cannabis licences, the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission (AGLC) said Thursday. A dozen of those are in the Edmonton area, including six in the city, two in Fort Saskatchewan and single stores in St. Albert, Spruce Grove, Devon and Stony Plain.
Calgary, by contrast, has two approved locations and Medicine Hat has three.
The co-owner of Alberta’s first fully approved marijuana shop, Chris Felgate in Devon has named his store Small Town Buds Cannabis Culture and has still not fully absorbed the fact that he will open Oct. 17.
“It’s exciting but, in some ways, it doesn’t feel real, like when you book a vacation and it’s not real until you’re on it,” said Felgate, who will operate a 1,500-square-foot shop