New Brunswick, Canada Unveils Potential Cannabis Retail Shop Designs

Regulators in New Brunswick, Canada have released potential retail cannabis store designs, which New Brunswick Liquor Corp. spokesman Mark Barbour calls “very chic, very modern” and “along the lines of a jewelry store,” according to the report from The Canadian Press.

In an artist rendering, the upscale shops would feature grey walls and black ceilings, and brightly lit, and locked, glass cases to hold products. The construction specs also portray a standalone brick building with a black awning featuring a “CannabisNB” logo.

Included in the rendering is a reminder that cannabis products will be tightly controlled – including a security guard posted at the entrance.

Rosalie Wyonch, policy analyst for C.D. Howe Institute, said that the new rules are “like the entire country is turning 19 at the same time,” noting that education will be “a large part” of the customer service experience at the shops.

“For the provinces that will go Crown corporation for retail, it’s probably going to be a very polished experience. Someone who has never thought of smoking weed could walk into the store and feel comfortable. There would probably be significantly more amounts of customer service staff to help you with products and explain things.” – Wynoch to the Press

New Brunswick joins Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Quebec in leaving retail sales up to state-run liquor companies, while British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Manitoba have announced they will allow private retailers.

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