Retail cannabis could spark local businesses, Nunavut MLAs say

In-person retail cannabis sales could become an economic development opportunity for small community-based businesses, Nunavut MLAs said during committee of the whole discussions last week in the Nunavut legislature.

“I like to think it is an economic development activity the communities could take a look at,” Finance Minister George Hickes said on Friday, March 8, in response to remarks made by Arviat North–Whale Cove MLA John Main.

Main also asked whether the Department of Economic Development and Transportation is willing to help small business people, rather than big players like North West Co. and Arctic Co-ops Ltd., get into retail cannabis sales.

“When you look outside of Northern and Co-op, there is probably interest in this area, but if we’re going to promote economic activity, it would be nice to support small business,” Main said.

Hickes responded by saying those are the kinds of questions his staff are trying to answer through their regulatory

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