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Early cannabis sales about as expected, NSLC says

Dozens of people line up to buy cannabis outside the NSLC outlet on Portland Street in Dartmouth on Wednesday morning, Oct. 17, 2018, the day cannabis became legal in Canada.
Dozens of people line up to buy cannabis outside the NSLC outlet on Portland Street in Dartmouth on Wednesday morning, Oct. 17, 2018, the day cannabis became legal in Canada. - Tim Krochak

Marijuana sales in Nova Scotia over the first five days of legalization were about what was expected, the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation says.

“Things are pretty much on (target),” NSLC spokeswoman Beverley Ware said Monday.

She said while stores didn’t run out out stock during the initial crush of consumers, the Lower Sackville location closed an hour early Thursday and reopened three hours late Friday because its supply of some of the smaller packages of weed was running low.

“It got a delivery and opened (later) because they had to do all the unpacking and so on,” Ware said.

Likewise, the Joseph Howe Road location in Halifax closed at 4 p.m. Friday because it was low in some of the more popular items.

“All the stores have been operating on regular hours since then,” Ware said. “We’re getting deliveries every day out to the stores.”

The NSLC had what it considered a three-week supply for the first day of sales, and Ware said the corporation is still getting deliveries daily.

She said different stores are running low at times on different products and sizes.

“It’s not consistent across the board. It tends to be the pre-rolls and the smaller packages,” she said.

As expected, stores in the higher population areas have the highest sales, with Sydney River and Clyde Street in Halifax at the top of the list. Joseph Howe Drive, Portland Street in Dartmouth and Downsview Mall in Lower Sackville are also busy, Ware said.

The lineups outside have finally dissipated, she said, although there are lineups of five to 15 people inside stores.

Package size as opposed to a particular strain of cannabis seems to be the main factor in customer choices so far, Ware said.

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