Major Round of Layoffs at Cannabis New Brunswick After 12 weeks in Business

Article by Julia Wright, CBC News

Major round of layoffs at Cannabis NB after 12 weeks in business Facebook Twitter Reddit LinkedIn Layoffs affect dozens of seasonal contracts, plus full-time and part-time workers Julia Wright · CBC News Fewer than 90 days after Canada legalized recreational cannabis, New Brunswick's provincial cannabis authority has announced it will terminate about 60 retail positions. (Julia Wright / CBC)

Twelve weeks after Cannabis NB locations opened across New Brunswick, the provincial cannabis authority is laying off about 60 retail workers.

The announcement comes after months of supply issues related to lost crops and packaging equipment problems, and reduced hours for some workers while the province’s 20 stores waited for new inventory.

“This decision is representative of normal new retail industry operations and long-term fiscal responsibility,” Cannabis NB communications specialist Marie-Andrée Bolduc said in a statement.

The corporation has not released any sales figures since Oct. 24, when it reported $945,000 worth of marijuana had been sold within the first 48 hours of legalization.

Three workers per store

Each Cannabis NB store employed about 20 full-time, part-time and casual workers.

Casual employees start at around $19 an hour, while the rate for full-time and part-time employees ranges from $22 to $23 an hour. Unlike casual NB Liquor employees, casual cannabis employees do not have benefits.

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