Marijuana Business Daily reporters are on the bottom in Canada, offering reside protection of the nation’s historic launch of its leisure hashish market.
Our employees can be submitting updates all through the day to provide you a front-row seat for the opening of leisure outlets and to get insights on gross sales, challenges, successes and breaking information from the most important nation to legalize adult-use hashish. (All entries are in Eastern Time.)
11 p.m. Tuesday (St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador):
Online marijuana gross sales have formally began in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada’s eastern-most province.
The web site of Cannabis Newfoundland Labrador went from a placeholder website to reside on the stroke of midnight native time.
Online gross sales started at 11 p.m. ET in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, that are within the Atlantic Time Zone.
Nova Scotia can also be within the Atlantic Time Zone, however the on-line gross sales web site gained’t go reside till 6 a.m. native time, and people on-line gross sales probably gained’t begin till round mid-morning.
Nova Scotians who need to purchase hashish on-line want a card with an internet entry code, and the playing cards can solely be obtained in provincial liquor and hashish shops.
“So in effect (consumers) can’t place orders until after 10 a.m. when our stores open,” stated Beverley Ware, spokeswoman for the Nova Scotia Liquor Corp.
– Omar Sacirbey
10:30 p.m. Tuesday (St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador):
Canada’s first authorized leisure sale was made by Canopy Growth’s CEO Bruce Linton in St. John’s, the place retail shops opened at midnight to mark the historic day.
– Omar Sacirbey
10 p.m. Tuesday (Edmonton, Alberta):
In the weeks main as much as the legalization of adult-use marijuana in Canada, executives at Fire & Flower, a Canadian hashish retail chain, needed to forge connections all through the availability chain and navigate a completely new market.
But, they stated, they overcame these hurdles with groups which might be deeply skilled with working via these sorts of hiccups in different industries.
“We’re all learning this industry together and there has been great communication and partnership with our vendors and government organizations,” stated Mike Vioncek, Fire & Flower’s chief working officer.
Inspections at some places have been delayed, which suggests solely 4 of its deliberate places can be open Wednesday – three in Alberta and one in Saskatchewan.
“Where there has been some rescheduling of inspection, it has been so that the stores that are up and operating have full inventories that can meet demand,” CEO Trevor Fencott stated.
Connecting “very, very disparate systems” additionally required further effort to make sure a clean switch of product and knowledge inside the provide chain, Fencott stated.
“It’s been a real logistics challenge over the last two to four weeks.”
– Joey Peña
eight p.m. Tuesday (Calgary, Alberta):
Ryan Kaye is among the many tens of millions of Canadians who’ve been ready two years for Wednesday, Oct. 17, to reach. It’s more likely to be one of many busiest days of his life – maybe the busiest.
“We’re prepared for a lineup of a thousand people,” stated Kaye, vice chairman of operations for 420 Premium Market, considered one of Calgary’s two retail shops set to open Wednesday.
Jeff Mooij, president of 420 Premium Market, informed CBC News that he’s ordered 420,000 Canadian dollars ($325,000) value of marijuana merchandise from as many as 15 licensed suppliers. He reckons the shop will ring up CA$100,000 in gross sales on Day 1.
But that’s solely a guestimate, Kaye admitted.
“We sort of have been playing the pick a number game for a few weeks here now, and it changes daily. It’s possible. It’s really hard to say,” Kaye stated. “People can buy up to 30 grams. What’s the average purchase price? Thirty grams. Ten grams. Five grams. Five grams to 30 grams. That’s a six times multiplier on the number.”
– Lindsey Bartlett
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