The owner of headshop Hemp Haven says the move would be a natural progression for his business.

“I’ve been involved in this for 25 years, I think this is just the next step the next level,” said Loewen

As the province announced last week, pot sales in Manitoba will be permitted in private stores. Prices will include taxes.

Ottawa is proposing a $1.00 per gram tax plus GST. The province could also tack on PST.

A federal report last year estimates the current street value of pot in Manitoba is around $9.82 per gram.

Without knowing what the provincial wholesale price is going be set at for retailers, Loewen is concerned. He cautions the final legal price with taxes included has to be lower than the black market or stores won’t be able to compete.

“Price dictates it all, guaranteed, you know some people are still going to continue to buy off their friend cause it’s going to be cheap,” said Lowen

On Friday, Premier Brian Pallister raised red flags about the federal tax proposal over pricing concerns.