Cannabis sales in British Columbia reached quite the high (hehe) during the first 48 hours of legalization.
According to the BC Liquor Distribution Branch, the stroke of midnight on October 17th brought with it 9,175 transactions on the new BC Cannabis Stores website, while the brick-and-mortar store in Kamloops served 805 people on the same day.
Sales dropped significantly the second day, as the online store made 2,563 sales on October 18th and the Kamloops store sold to 521 customers.
According to Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, 1,000 sales were made on the website within the first hour that it was launched.
Several products on the online platform are still low in stock as a result of the legalization frenzy, with all capsules being sold out within hours, as well as several oils, pre-rolls, and dried flower.
Reasons provided for the shortages include:
- several producers still waiting for their Health Canada licenses
- problems with supply chain and distribution of products
- high levels of inventory sold to other markets, like the medical market and other licensed producers.