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More than 100 applicants vie for up to 4 pot retailer spots

"Request for proposals to interested cannabis retailers opened on Nov. 7, closed Dec. 22

A request for proposal opened by the province in November says Manitoba will enter into retail agreements with up to four businesses to sell cannabis when it becomes legal. (CBC)

There are up to four spots available, but Manitoba received more than 100 submissions from applicants hoping to sell marijuana in the province.

The province received significant interest in its request for proposals, which launched on Nov. 7 and closed Dec. 22, according to a news release sent Thursday.

According to the request, the province will choose "up to four proposals" and enter into at least one retailer agreement with each applicant it chooses.

Grocery and drugstore giant Loblaws told CBC News in November it would look at the proposal, but smaller businesses could make applications, too.

The Winnipeg-based licensed producer Delta 9 confirmed Thursday it made a joint submission with Canopy Growth, based in Ontario, earlier this month.

The government has started evaluating the potential retailers and will make its choice by February.

After that, applicants are expected to sign retail agreements in the spring, the release says. The stores could start operating as early as July 2, 2018."...

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