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Canada's first week cannabis sales numbers province-by-province

Cannabis has been legal across Canada for well over a week, but how popular have sales actually been?

Each province has been oddly mute about sales numbers, with only B.C. willing to provide an idea of how much cannabis was sold in the first week of legalization.

B.C. is also the only province with just one physical store, joining the Yukon and Nunavut as the only places in Canada with one or zero cannabis stores.

Here's what sales numbers have been made public by officials in each province thus far:

British Columbia

More than 21,000 cannabis sales transactions were completed in the first week of legalization in British Columbia, according to the B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch.

Online sales account for the vast majority of those, totalling 17,723 transactions. In-person sales at the single brick-and-mortar cannabis store in the province, in Kamloops, B.C., accounted for the remaining 4,014 transactions, for a total of 21,737 individual sales.

At this time, the BC LDB is not releasing the total value of products sold, however, the cheapest product available in the province is a pre-rolled joint for $4.20.

If the baseline for sales is set at that minimum purchase price of $4.20, B.C. made at least $91,300 in sales the first week, however, the true value is certainly well above that mark.

Alberta

The Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission released detailed sales stats for the first day of legalization and plans to only provide revenue and sales information quarterly.

According to stats pulled by Oct. 17 at 3:30 p.m., 8,300 purchases were made in the first 24-hours for a value of approximately $730,000.

However, Alcanna, which operates five Nova Cannabis stores across the province, has released financial information that its five cannabis stores in Alberta made approximately $1.3 million in the first week.

Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan Liquor & Gaming Authority said it does not track cannabis sales as private retailers sell recreational marijuana and the product comes from federally licensed producers or private wholesalers.

Manitoba

Manitoba is one of the only provinces where sales are completely run by private companies.

Delta 9 Cannabis, one of four companies licensed to sell recreational pot in Manitoba, announced local sales of $736,124 in the seven days since marijuana became legal, accounting for close to 9,600 customer transactions.

Quebec

The Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC) is reporting 138,150 transactions on its website and in the 12 outlets scattered across Quebec. The bulk of its online 53,300 transactions came on the first day of legalization.

As of Tuesday, Oct. 23, 48 of the 68 products listed on the SQDC’s website were out of stock. The shortages have come with a precipitous drop in sales, but that has also been seen in other jurisdictions.

New Brunswick

In the first 48 hours after legalization, Cannabis NB reported total sales of approximately $944,000, most of that from in-store purchases.

In-store sales on Oct. 17 and 18 accounted for the bulk of that, at $872,758, compared to online purchases of $71,083, including taxes and delivery fees.

P.E.I.

Consumers purchased over $515,000 of cannabis products in P.E.I. on the first week of legalization.

P.E.I.'s three brick and mortar retail stores accounted for $481,443, while online sales tallied $32,000.

The province has plans to open a fourth store by the year's end.

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia conducted 12,180 transactions during the province’s first day of business in the legal cannabis game.

The transactions totalled “just over $660,000 in sales” and that almost $47,000 of those sales were online.

Twelve NSLC outlets sell cannabis, however, residents are currently without an online retailer to purchase cannabis.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Cannabis is sold by private and public retailers under government oversight in Newfoundland and Labrador where there is 22 open cannabis retail stores.

However, sales numbers have yet to be reported by the province.



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