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  • Licensed Retailer Raises Concerns Over Cannabis Commission Fee

    The owner of a licensed cannabis retail location in Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s has written government officials asking them to re-evaluate the eight per cent commission structure outlined in the NLC’s Request for Proposals.

    Thomas Clarke says the commission fee means he would have to sell $375,000 in cannabis products per month to “squeak by.” He says localizing and expanding the new cannabis industry in Newfoundland and Labrador can only happen if small business is given a better opportunity to grow their stand-alone stores and turn a profit.

    The government has said they want to support small local specialized business and that they prefer stand-alone cannabis stores over the other models. I would have to sell $375,000.00 in cannabis per month to squeak by, and transaction fees from credit card purchases would then have us down to 6% on most transactions. We will have to build our brands and sell cannabis related products and other items to stay alive. This in turn takes away from the customer experience and does not allow for the specialized service an exclusively cannabis shop can offer. Localizing and expanding this new industry in Newfoundland can only happen if small business is given a better opportunity to grow their stand alone stores and turn a profit.

    – Excerpt from Thomas Clarke’s letter.

    Clarke would like to see the commission structure change for stand-alone stores and he would like an opportunity to sit with the NLC to find a way forward that better suits tier-one owners.

    He says the commission fee needs to change in order to show that government supports the cannabis community and small business in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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