With cannabis now legal effective Oct.17, cannabis producers and retailers are hard at work preparing for official legalization and Tweed Grasslands is no exception as they get set to open a retail shop in Humboldt.
While legalization was only announced in late June, Managing Director at Canopy Growth Inc, the parent company of Tweed, Andrew MacCorquodale says work has been ongoing since long before the official announcement was made.
MacCorquodale says they have been working towards getting their recreational platform built out, which includes the production platform.
With so much effort going into planning and preparation, MacCorquodale admits that having an official date is nice, especially knowing they will have some additional time to get ready, as the legalization date was pushed back from its original expected date.
“It’s always exciting to take some of the uncertainty out of the process and of course having an actual date that everything goes live is something that we’ve all been looking forward to and waiting for since effectively the federal election.”
Looking ahead, MacCorquodale says the next steps in the preparation will include continuing to build out the store model, product offerings, and finding store locations.
MacCorquodale says Tweed has already begun the process of searching for locations in Humboldt, even bringing their retail team from Ontario to help, but also says at this time they do not have any concrete plans as to the location of their retail store.
While the city has not officially completed the necessary steps to welcome Tweed to Humboldt, City Manager Joe Day says a report is expected to be brought to council at their next scheduled council meeting on July 23.
Another of the next steps Tweed Grasslands need to take involve coming into the community and speaking with the residents, says MacCorquodale, who says they want to try and get a grasp on the communities’ needs and wants before they open their store.
While MacCorquodale says plans have not been finalized, he says the community can expect an open house in the not too distant future, as well as a job fair.
That fair will be vital for Tweed Grasslands, who will be looking to hire some staff in the coming months as well, and while MacCorquodale says he cannot for certain say how many staff will be needed, as it will depend on the needs of the community, MacCorquodale did say he expected to hire 25 local staff to start at the Humboldt location, with jobs ranging from store manager, retail staff, team leads and brand ambassadors.