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Delta 9 Cannabis To Open Additional Retail Stores In Manitoba

Delta 9 Cannabis Inc. said Monday it will apply for licenses to open additional cannabis retail outlets in Manitoba, Canada. The cannabis company's decision follows the Manitoba Government's announcement last week of the third phase of retail cannabis expansion in the Canadian province.

On Friday, Manitoba Minister of Crown Services Jeff Wharton said that the government would move ahead with its plan for an open and competitive cannabis retail market in the province.

Beginning June 1, 2020, the province will open the cannabis retail application process to all prospective retailers. This includes the introduction of a new controlled-access licence for retailers. In addition, Manitoba will continue to offer age-restricted licences for retailers wishing to open stand-alone stores.

Delta 9's wholly-owned subsidiary, Delta 9 Bio-Tech Inc., is a licensed producer of medical and recreational cannabis. The subsidiary operates an 80,000 square foot production facility in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Delta 9 also owns and operates a chain of retail stores under the Delta 9 Cannabis Store brand.

"As Manitoba's largest cannabis industry employer and only vertically integrated cannabis company, we feel we are uniquely qualified to provide this important product and service to Manitobans. We look forward to supporting the government's initiative and continuing to invest and create jobs here in the Province," said CEO John William Arbuthnot.

Delta 9 Cannabis said it will continue to build out a chain of corporate owned and operated "Delta 9 Cannabis Store" branded store fronts across the province. The company plans to open up to 12 retail locations over the next 24 months.

In addition, Delta 9 Cannabis will explore franchise opportunities that would allow local entrepreneurs to open stand-alone "Delta 9 Cannabis Store" branded store fronts under the age-restricted license category.

Further, Delta 9 Cannabis is exploring franchise opportunities to open Delta 9 Express "Store-in-Store" operations under the controlled-access license category.

The company will partner with retail operators such as gas stations, hoteliers, and convenience stores to provide a turn-key platform for such retailers to add Delta 9 cannabis products to their product offerings.

It will also provide training and staff education programs, inventory tracking, and support from its corporate head office.

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