An Ottawa pot shop is being forced to significantly reduce its hours because it’s consistently running out of cannabis and says the province won’t allow it to increase its order.
The Hobo Recreational Cannabis Store on Bank Street, which was operating seven days a week for 14 hours a day, will now close early on Tuesdays and entirely on Wednesdays.
It will open again on Thursdays at 6 p.m. after its weekly delivery arrives.
“We’ve been running out of cannabis for a few weeks now,” said Harrison Stoker, vice-president of brand and culture for the Donnelly Group, the store’s parent company.
“We probably really should have been a little bit more proactive, but I think we were hoping that maybe [the demand for pot] would be a little more like a roller coaster with some ups and downs. But we definitely see some consistency in demand at this point.”
Stoker said the province limits how much cannabis a store can order to 25 kilograms per week. Hobo makes an average of 1,400 transactions a day, he said, and they usually sell out by Tuesday.
“We would take twice as much in a heartbeat, absolutely, because we’ve got the demand,” Stoker said.
“But we’re being good partners and neighbours on this one so we are [accepting] the policy that’s been set.”