The Manitoba Government is finalizing the selection process for their second phase of retail cannabis stores.

Their goal is to have a non-medical cannabis store available within a 30-minute drive for 90 per cent of Manitobans within 2 years of legalization.

In July 2018, 100 applicants pre-qualified for a future opportunity to operate a cannabis retail store in Manitoba.

Approved applicants will be able to proceed to open a store in one of seven communities.

Altona, Flin Flon, Lac du Bonnet, Niverville, RM of Russell-Binscarth, Swan River, and Virden are the locations poised to receive a cannabis retail store.