FREDERICTON (GNB) – The Cannabis NB store designs were unveiled today.

“Our government’s focus on the legalization of recreational-use cannabis is that it stays out of the hands of youth and criminals,” said Finance Minister Cathy Rogers. “The layout of the retail stores will help us achieve these goals as we enter this new retail environment.”

“Our store design has incorporated many best-in-class features in the cannabis retail space,” said Brian Harriman, president and CEO of NB Liquor. “We have a great deal of experience in the retailing of a controlled substance, and this design will allow us to retail in an educational and responsible manner, while still delivering the best customer experience in the country.”

Cannabis NB stores will be about 270 sq. metres (3,000 sq. ft.) and consist of a reception area, retail and office space, and a state-of-the-art secured storage area. This secured area includes features such as a bank-style vault.

No one under 19 will be permitted in Cannabis NB stores. In addition, locations for the retail stores were chosen to ensure they are an appropriate distance from schools and daycares.

The locations of the 20 retail stores in 15 communities have been previously announced by the government.

The retail price of individual products will vary and have not been determined. They will be finalized closer to the date of legalization. The government recognizes that the pricing needs to be competitive to ensure the proceeds of the sale of cannabis remains out of the hands of criminals.