There are still so many unknowns when it comes to the legal sale of marijuana. One question is whether or not it will be a boon to business in Estevan. 

"I think it has the potential to be a money-maker," shared Jackie Wall, Executive Director for the Estevan Chamber of Commerce. "I also realize that there is going to be a lot of red tape of things still be announced, the processes still to be worked out. So I think there is potentially money to be made but I think we're going to have to take a look at it once it's all in place."

"It's really hard to gauge exactly how this is going to work out because we have big business now in cannabis. It doesn't look like there's going to be a lot of small suppliers. It could potentially have a few big suppliers."

"We also know that they have to be competitive with the black market and if legal marijuana is not competitive with the black market then you know where people are going to go, they're going to go where they can get an economic product."

However, she does note that many people will be also looking at buying a safe product. 

"We know that the safety factor of the legalized sources will be much, much safer than some of the other sources, the black market sources. And we all know what's happening with cocaine and fentanyl."

"It is good to see that we will have a safer source."

However, with so many variables still unknown, it is hard to say how it will affect business in the southeast. 

"I really don't know how it's going to work out. I know in Saskatchewan the government has said that it will be private, and that does play a little bit into how the market will be set up."

Currently, the City of Estevan has only authorized one location.

"That is a bit of a concern because we will not have competition although City Council will look at opening that up in the event that demand is sufficient. But anytime you have a limited supply source, you do have to have concerns about how that will affect the competition and the pricing."

"There are too many variables right now and we're getting bits and piece and a bit of a framework in place but until we really go through the process, I can't say that it's going to be a huge money-maker. I think the real money is probably going to be made in the production of the marijuana and there are already big companies involved in that. There is potentially a lot of money in that area, I just don't know how that's going to trickle down to the retail locations."

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