Saskatchewan touted as best pot-sale model for B.C. to follow


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Terry Lake poses for a photo after leaving the Legislative Assembly one last time before retirement at legislature in Victoria on March 16, 2017. Lake, the former British Columbia health minister who oversaw the declaration of a public health emergency amid the deadly fentanyl crisis, is urging more research on the effects of cannabis on opioid addictions. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

A former B.C. health minister who’s now working for a medical marijuana company says Saskatchewan should be considered as a model for recreational pot sales in the province.

The NDP has promised to unveil its retail model this spring for the sale of recreational pot once it becomes legal in July.

But Terry Lake says Saskatchewan made a good choice going with private retailers instead of following the lead of other provinces like Ontario, which plans to launch 40 stores run by a subsidiary of its provincial liquor control board.

Lake says Saskatchewan plans to issue up to 60 store licences, which he says will have a better chance to get ahead of the black market.