In each main Canadian metropolis, hashish gross sales are falling in February

Retail sales of recreational cannabis declined in February from the previous month in every major Canadian city surveyed by Statistics Canada. This emerges from the latest data from the state’s federal statisticians.

Across Canada, regulated cannabis sales took a breather in February, declining 5.9% to CAD 263 million ($ 213 million) from January.

The sales figures have not been seasonally adjusted for the shorter month of February.

It’s the second straight monthly decline after December sales hit an all-time high of CA $ 297 million.

Toronto continued to lead all municipalities and most provinces with sales of CA $ 35.4 million in February, although total sales were still CA $ 568,000 lower than in January.

Sales in eight other cities recorded by Statistics Canada fell, led by Gatineau. Quebec’s 13% decline to just CA $ 823,000 in February.

Gatineau’s monthly revenue plummeted after peaking at CA $ 1.83 million in December 2019.

Sales in the border town plummeted after the province raised the legal age for buying marijuana from 18 to 21 in January 2020, likely driving young consumers to neighboring Ontario. (Quebec also bans the sale of cannabis vapes and most edible products.)

In Canada’s other major cities, sales fell in February:

  • Montreal: CA $ 18.67 million (down 11.8%)
  • Edmonton CA $ 17.74. Million (minus 7.5%)
  • Calgary: CA $ 14.22 million (down 10.5%)
  • Vancouver CA $ 11.14 million (down 8.4%)
  • Quebec City: CA $ 5.422 million (down 11%)
  • Ottawa: CA $ 7.83 million (down 11.5%)
  • Winnipeg: CA $ 7.06 million (down 10.4%)

By province, Ontario saw modest month-on-month growth in February, with regulated adult cannabis sales rising to CA $ 87.83 million.

In Alberta, Canada’s second largest cannabis market, sales declined 8.5% to CA $ 53.37 million in February.

The British Columbia cannabis market continued to decline, falling another 8.7% to CA $ 36.86 million.

BC’s legal cannabis sales now almost match those of Toronto.

Monthly sales tended to be lower in the other Canadian provinces and territories:

  • Quebec: CA $ 43.8 million (down 10.1%)
  • Manitoba: CA $ 9.69 million (down 11.2%)
  • Saskatchewan: CA $ 11.48 million (down 4%)
  • Newfoundland and Labrador: CA $ 4 million (down 11.8%)
  • Prince Edward Island: CA $ 1.55 million (down 5.4%)
  • Nova Scotia: CA $ 6.94 million (down 9.4%)
  • New Brunswick: CA $ 5.84 million (down 9.7%)
  • Yukon: CA $ 62,000 (down 8.6%)
  • Northwest Territories: CA $ 982 (down 1%)

The data office’s monthly cannabis sales data for 2020 can be found here.

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