Canada's cannabis product shortage, by the numbers

The Canadian Press
November 15, 2018
By The Canadian Press
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Industry insiders say the cannabis product shortages that have plagued many provinces will likely persist for years. Here are a few numbers on how Canadian recreational cannabis sales have unfolded during their first legal month:

  • 132: The number of companies licensed to produce cannabis in Canada, according to Health Canada.

  • 78: The number of companies with a licence for sales.

  • 191: The number of expansion amendments that Health Canada has issued, allowing licence holders to expand production capacity.

  • 14,500 kilograms: The amount of dried cannabis licensed producers reported shipping to provincial and territorial retailers at the end of September, along with 370 litres of cannabis oil.

  • 40 per cent: The portion of its initial product order the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation received leading up to legalization day on Oct. 17.

  • 20-30 per cent: The portion of its initial product order Cannabis NB received leading up to legalization.

  • 340 kilograms: The amount of cannabis Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries shipped to retailers in October.

  • 51,277: The combined number of transactions made at the B.C. Cannabis Store in Kamloops and the online store between Oct. 17 and Nov. 13.

  • More than 200,000: The number of orders the Ontario Cannabis Store has received since legalization day.
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