Article by Dylan McCullough, Kelowna Now
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:
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.
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.