On October 17, 2018, Canada took the monumental step to legalize cannabis for non-medical use, and cannabis became available in licensed stores throughout Manitoba. Smart Choices is a responsible sales training program for Manitoba's cannabis retailers. Anyone involved in the sale, delivery or distribution of cannabis must have this certification.

The goal of the Smart Choices is to increase public safety. This training will help people who work at licensed cannabis stores understand the legal requirements when selling cannabis, while establishing consistent social responsibility standards for stores across the province. Smart Choices focuses on providing facts about cannabis and lower-risk use, and on teaching retailers how to identify and refuse sales to intoxicated customers and young persons under the age of 19. Smart Choices certification will be valid for five years.

Course Structure

Our Cannabis Retail Certification contains 4 modules:

  • Understanding Cannabis Risks
  • Cannabis Myths and Lower-Risk Use
  • Identifying and Responding to Intoxication
  • Young Persons and Identification

Details and Payment

Smart Choices is an online program. After registering and submitting payment by credit card, you will be sent an email that will provide you access to the Smart Choices course and allow you to take the exam.

You will have 90 minutes once you start the exam to complete it. Upon successful completion, you will be emailed a certificate of completion which includes a QR code that can be used for validation.

The cost of the course is not refundable, not cancellable, or transferable. The credit card provided will be charged the full amount at the time of the purchase.

Smart Choices is available as a self-study certification. If you are unable to complete the course online or require other accessible options, please contact us at or at smartchoices@smarteru.com.