On October 17, 2018, Canada is taking the monumental step to legalize cannabis for non-medical use, and cannabis will become available in licensed stores throughout Manitoba. Smart Choices is a responsible sales training program for Manitoba's new cannabis retailers. Anyone involved in the sale 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.