Prince Edward Island taps marijuana growers; will use government-owned shops

Prince Edward Island has tapped three licensed producers to supply it with marijuana, while the province plans to sell adult-use cannabis products through four government-owned stores when sales are legalized this year.

The move means neighboring Newfoundland will be the only province east of Manitoba to involve the private sector in marijuana sales.

In announcing its plans, PEI said it locked up supply deals with three licensed producers – Ontario-based Canopy Growth, New Brunswick-based Organigram and PEI-based Canada’s Island Garden.

Organigram (TSE: OGI) and Canopy (TSE: WEED) will each supply 1,000 kilograms of marijuana. Canada’s Island Garden didn’t immediately respond to media queries

Financial terms of the arrangements were not disclosed.

“There will be a limited supply for the first few years of the adult recreational program,” Organigram CEO Greg Engel said.

“So I believe that many provinces are being proactive in locking in a portion of their anticipated supply to ensure they have a (stable) supply when the program launches.”

The government-owned retail stores will be located in Charlottetown, Summerside, Montague and West Prince.

The provincial government said it will gauge sales and weigh any future expansion plans.

Matt Lamers can be reached at [email protected]

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