Kamloops cannabis store had 800 customers on first day of legalization

Gladys Abbott
October 21, 2018

More than half of the cannabis flowers for sale sold out.

Shopify Inc. reported that Canadian online cannabis stores powered by Shopify Inc. software processed more than 100 orders per minute in the first 12 hours of legalization. "If it is, it's something very special and different".

In Saskatchewan, Lush Leaf, located in Esterhazy, priced its per-gram cannabis between $10 and $18.

If the province does close down illegal dispensaries, Larsen said hardcore cannabis users would likely turn back to the underground market that has always been there.

The excise tax and 15-percent wholesale markup is included in that A $5 gram. Larsen does believe legal retailers could set better pricing. All that add to a retailer's overhead and potentially leading to illicit dealers enjoying a competitive advantage. A poster outside the building proclaimed, "Get high legally". Dan Sutton, who is the CEO of licensed cannabis producer Tantalus Labs, thinks supply might be more of a problem than price.

"We were aware that we may be facing some serious product shortages", said Kate Bilney of the BC Liquor Distribution Branch, which is in charge of government-run pot shops in the province.

The first day of legal marijuana sales proved popular among British Columbians Wednesday as thousands made in-person purchases and placed orders online.

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Sieben-Chuback predicted her store's opening will be delayed until the end of the month or early November.

The province's Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth said Thursday he wasn't concerned the province would run out of legal marijuana in the first days of legalization.

Even with demand questions, Jimmy's anticipates good business, especially with no stores open in Saskatchewan's biggest cities."With supply where it is we do anticipate large demands because those are two quite major cities that don't have stores open and we do expect some of those people will look online", Thomas said.

"Part of our setup, or our framework, was to allow as many wholesalers into Saskatchewan that can make a business of it, so we allowed the private sector to do what they do best".

"When the law changes on the 17th, we're not going to see a big change overnight", Palmer said. "It makes me really sad that I can't open". "Then enforcement will ramp up".

The province said the liquor and cannabis licensing branch had received 173 applications for private retail outlets, though only 62 were complete enough to forward on for municipal approval, another of the requirements for licensing. 35 of those are close to being approved. 62 are reviewed and submitted to local governments for further review. Farnsworth advised those stores that choose to stay open after Wednesday to "start to abide by those rules".

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