‘We were ex­tremely busy at our stores’

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

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

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

By the end of the 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 e-mail.

“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.

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

Ware also noted that 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 PEI, 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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