Social Retail & Licensed Producers


A range of products would be available, including flowers, oils, concentrates, topicals and edibles, as well as seeds for home growing and utensils for safer use. Licensed premises would not sell alcohol and could monitor or limit daily purchases of cannabis.

Social Retail

Sales to adults would be through licensed premises operated by social enterprise retail (SER) organisations. These would be supplied by licensed producers (LP).

Licensed Producers

LPs could include iwi, charities, private industry, cooperatives, individuals or government organisations. LPs and cannabis retail SEs could be for profit and vertically integrated but may also be limited in size, either by area or turnover. Licences would be available for large-scale and craft producers. Outdoor production would be allowed for low-THC/high-CBD crops.

Meet community expectations

Licenses would carry an expectation of social outcomes. These could include targets for reducing harm, supporting treatment, community initiatives, and so on. Retail licence holders would be audited against their social outcomes. Some licences in each region could be set aside for iwi organisations, charities, private industry, cooperatives, individuals or NGOs. Licences should not be arbitrarily limited in number. An adequate number of licences must be issued to serve the local population.

Remote access

Delivery services should be allowed, including web sites, for those unable to travel or in rural areas (subject to local controls).

Locations would be appropriate

Licensed premises would not be in main shopping centres, near schools or community centres, or in residential areas.

Local control

Local bodies could issue Local Cannabis Plans to set out additional rules including whether social use premises and/or delivery services can operate within their boundaries, and whether or not to impose an additional Regional Cannabis Levy and if so what the rate should be. Local bodies could choose to prohibit Social Retail and/or Social Clubs but cannot choose to prohibit LPs or self-provision.

Ensure the market functions

Licenceholders could run multiple premises to reach scale and function economically, but they would have no monopoly rights and consumers would have choices. This model does not limit the total number of licences however the number of stores any licenceholder may control could be limited.