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Canopy Growth closes retail stores to help slow COVID-19 spread


March 17, 2020
By Grow Opportunity staff

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Canopy Growth Corp. announced that it has temporarily closed its 23 corporate-owned Tokyo Smoke and Tweed stores in Newfoundland, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The company is also closing its Tweed Visitor Centre in Smith Falls, Ont.

Closures will begin on March 17 at 5 p.m. local time. Canopy CEO David Klein said its stores have seen an “above average volume of transactions” in recent days but wills now shift their focus to e-commerce.

“We have a responsibility to our employees, their families, and our communities to do our part to ‘flatten the curve’ by limiting social interactions,” said Klein in a statement. “This is a big decision but it was also an easy one to make… It is in the best interest of our teams and our communities to close these busy hubs until we are confident we can operate our stores in the best interest of public health.”

“Flatten the curve” is a phrase that refers to a graph illustrating the spike of reported COVID-19 outbreaks since the first case was discovered. Social distancing and limiting social interactions in public spaces aim to slow the acceleration of cases at a rate that will not overwhelm the healthcare system capacity. The longer it takes for the virus to spread, the more time hospitals have to prepare for a more manageable influx of patients.

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In an effort to limit interactions in Canopy Growths’ retail locations, the company encourages medical cannabis patients to purchase products through Spectrum Therapeutics.

Adult recreational consumers in Manitoba and Saskatchewan can purchase products through Tweed and Tokyo Smoke e-commerce platforms, and all other provinces can find Canopy Growth products on government-run retail websites.