Article by Sam Riches, Growth Op
Over the past year, cannabis purchasing habits in Newfoundland and Labrador have mirrored growth in the entire country, which saw sales peak last December before falling in the first month of 2021.
But sales in Newfoundland and Labrador have increased despite long delivery times and a strike that affected more than half the province’s 30 cannabis retailers, reports CBC.
According to Bruce Keating, president and CEO of the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation (NLC), he expects that momentum to continue as the NLC works to add more retail stores and improve delivery times for online ordering.
Keating told CBC that the NLC is aiming to increase the number of retail stores by 50 per cent.
Even with most stores concentrated in the St. John’s metro area, about 98 per cent of legal cannabis purchased in the province in the last year was done in-person, rather than online.
Currently, an online order can take up to nine days to arrive, but has taken as long as 21 days during the pandemic.