Newfoundland government makes deal with Canopy Growth as marijuana provider once legal

Newfoundland and Labrador has struck a deal with Canopy Growth Corp. to supply pot in the province once it's legal next July, saying the model could be used for other similar arrangements.

The publicly traded company is the largest of its kind in the country, with eight licences across Canada. It will supply up to 8,000 kilograms a year for two years, with a one-year extension option.

The deal is aimed at ensuring a safe supply of pot, but does not bar purchases from other providers that could be licensed over time.

"We will also use this as a framework for other agreements related to cannabis supply and production," Industry Minister Christopher Mitchelmore told a news conference Friday. He stressed that the deal does not shut out other potential suppliers.

The production facility is to operate for at least 20 years, he said. "This provides stability and confidence," Mitchelmore said....

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