Manitoba wants to make it as convenient as possible for people to buy pot once marijuana is legalized, so the provincial government is taking steps to boost the number of stores.
An Adult and Teen Challenge Superthrift store opened in old downtown Brandon on July 7. Adult and Teen Challenge is a rehabilitation program. Brandon has a women’s home that is currently helping women between 19 and 61 overcome their addictions, says store manager Terrence Mckenzie. The business, located on 7th Street, accepts donations of gently used items and sells them for the benefit of the program. “It’s vital. It allows us to continue to not only pay the bills, but to make improvements and upgrades to the facility that the ladies live in; just to provide better care, better teaching, better training, different options for them when they finish the program,” Mckenzie said, adding that some of the women also work in the store to gain experience.
Affordability is a hot-button issue in the province. But that hasn’t stopped people from forking out the dough to eat and drink.
The show, attended by nearly 100 businesses, also served as an opportunity for entrepreneurs to learn about the multi-billion dollar industry.