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.