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Day 1: New Minas, rest of province bought a lot of pot

Grass, ganja, pot, weed, cannabis, marijuana – whatever you want to call it, it’s now legal in Canada. Hundreds lined up in New Minas to make their first legal purchase, and the store saw nearly 600 transactions processed on its first day of sales.
Grass, ganja, pot, weed, cannabis, marijuana – whatever you want to call it, it’s now legal in Canada. Hundreds lined up in New Minas to make their first legal purchase, and the store saw nearly 600 transactions processed on its first day of sales. - Sara Ericsson

Nearly 600 transactions mean New Minas NSLC among top stores for sales

NEW MINAS – A lot of people bought a lot of pot Oct. 17 in New Minas.

NSLC spokesperson Beverley Ware has confirmed that 494 transactions were conducted at the NSLC location by 5 p.m, and that the number put its sales on par with such stores as Yarmouth and Portland Street in Dartmouth.

The province saw more than $660,000 in overall cannabis sales, of which nearly $47,000 was sold online.
The province saw more than $660,000 in overall cannabis sales, of which nearly $47,000 was sold online.

By end of day, transactions at the location totaled nearly 600. And with lineups out the door at nearly all stores across the province, Ware said this came as no surprise.

The province saw more than $660,000 in overall sales, of which nearly $47,000 was sold online.

“We were extremely busy at our stores across the province, as expected,” she said in an email.

“There were line ups at all our stores well before we opened with about 200 customers lined up at our store in New Minas.”

Cannabis is available for purchase in three categories – value, core and premium – and ranges in cost per gram from $6.33 to $10.99 and above. The NSLC website states all prices are determined by each brand and package size, and include tax.

Ashley Zinck and Keegan Penney smile as they hold their first purchase of legal cannabis from the NSLC in New Minas. “It’s all pretty amazing – let’s just say it’s been a long time coming,” said Penney.
Ashley Zinck and Keegan Penney smile as they hold their first purchase of legal cannabis from the NSLC in New Minas. “It’s all pretty amazing – let’s just say it’s been a long time coming,” said Penney.

The larger the package, the lower the price per gram of cannabis. Prices may also be adjusted based on market conditions.

Ware stated Nova Scotia stores are currently operating with just 40 per cent of their intended amount of stock. They had aimed to offer 300 products representing 78 different strains, but this low number means they now have only 97 products representing 52 strains of cannabis.

Ware said this problem is being experienced across the country, and not just in Nova Scotia. The NSLC stated in a release its current supply is expected to last three weeks.

“We’ve just added a supplier from P.E.I., and are continuously seeking opportunities to add new licensed producers to our inventory,” said Ware.

“And when it arrives, the inventory will be processed immediately to be sold in stores.”

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