By Mabell, Dave on July 4, 2019.
More marijuana shops are welcoming Lethbridge shoppers.
But although the provincial regulator is no longer restricting licences, there are still no shops in communities elsewhere across southwestern Alberta.
Faced with supply issues, the Alberta Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Commission had stopped approving new retailers by the end of 2018. Now, with that problem reduced, it had issued 156 licences by the start of July.
Newly opened in Lethbridge are Fire and Flower Cannabis in the Fairway retail plaza, and Nirvana on Columbia Boulevard West. That brings the city’s tally to nine shops including locally owned independents as well as outlets for large chains like Fire and Flower, NewLeaf Cannabis, Spiritleaf and Canna Cabana.
Five are located along Mayor Magrath Drive, three on the westside and one downtown. So far, no licences have been issued for a northside retailer.