In Regina, 157 applicants were entered into the lottery for six permits. One of those permits went to Dwayne Anderson, and another went to Jill Anderson. Both have the same lawyer listed as their official contact. Any relationship between the two Andersons could be immediately confirmed.
The probabilities of winning a license in Regina was 3.8 per cent. The probability of two people who are related but apply as separate entities winning is about one-tenth of one per cent.
“I’m not aware of that situation. It would be two separate businesses, whether they have the same lawyer or what have you, I’m not aware of that situation,” Makowsky said, before adding “we can look into that.”
The lawyer representing both of the Andersons could not be reached for comment.
None of the names listed as contacts for the companies appeared in donation records to the Saskatchewan Party.
Although many applicants hoping to open a retail location are one step closer to doing so, they will still have to go through a “character test” from the government.
Applicants already proved they have the financial assets available, as well as the ability to track cannabis products.
SLGA president Cam Swan said there are multiple factors to determine whether or not someone had “good character.”
He said someone operating an illegal cannabis retail location would not necessarily fail the character test if no charges have been laid.
The successful proponents now have 45 days to begin their permitting process. Permits dictate the stores start operating within 12 months of cannabis legalization, expected later this year.
Makowsky told reporters the province doesn’t expect marijuana to be legal, or commercially available, until at least Aug. 7.
Best Buds Society owner Pat Warnecke, who was arrested for selling cannabis in Regina prior to its legalization, said the process “looks shady” and said Saskatchewan could lose leaders in the industry as a result of the province’s current process.
Here is the full list of winners:
More to come…