Newfoundland is trying so as to add extra hashish retail shops and enhance supply occasions for on-line orders

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More than $ 4.5 million in cannabis products were purchased in Newfoundland and Labrador in January 2021, up nearly 50 percent from January 2020.

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Sam Riches Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation aims to increase the number of retail stores by 50 percent.  /. Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation aims to increase the number of retail stores by 50 percent. /. Photo by ALICE CHICHE / AFP via Getty Images

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Last year, cannabis buying habits in Newfoundland and Labrador reflected growth across the country, peaking last December before declining in the first month of 2021.

According to CBC, sales in Newfoundland and Labrador have increased despite long delivery times and a strike that affected more than half of the province’s 30 cannabis retailers.

Bruce Keating, President and CEO of Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation (NLC), believes this dynamic will continue as the NLC works to add more retail stores and improve lead times for online orders.

  1. Nationwide, retail cannabis sales in 2020 were more than $ 2.6 billion.  That's a 117 percent increase over 2019 when sales were $ 1.2 billion.  / PHOTO BY RICHARD VOGEL / AP FOTO

    Canada has more than $ 2.6 billion in retail cannabis sales in 2020

  2. Ontario retailers sold the most cannabis in January 2021, with total sales just under $ 90 million.  / PHOTO BY MARTIN OUELLET-DIOTTE / AFP / GETTY IMAGES

    Canadians retailed $ 282 million in cannabis in the first month of 2021

  3. FILE: Jean-Pierre Fortin (right) shops cannabis on the first morning of the opening at Toronto

    Ontario to speed up the pace of cannabis business approvals

Keating told CBC that the NLC plans to increase the number of retail stores by 50 percent.

Even if most of the stores are concentrated in the St. John metropolitan area, about 98 percent of the legal cannabis bought in the province last year was not sold online but in person.

Currently it can take up to nine days for an online order to arrive, but up to 21 days during the pandemic.

Keating said plans are underway to store cannabis products in a provincial distribution center, which will allow the NLC to “guarantee delivery within 48 hours anywhere in the province.”

This would bring it in line with the Ontario Cannabis Store, the country’s largest cannabis distributor, which currently offers same-day and express delivery, but only in select regions. In remote areas of the province, delivery may take up to 10 days.

In January 2021, the last month on record by Statistics Canada, more than $ 4.5 million in cannabis products were purchased in Newfoundland and Labrador, up nearly 50 percent from January 2020.

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