When Thomas H. Clarke was 18 years old, he was closed for 30 days when he sold some hes to a friend.
Today, Clarke, whose origins ironic the THC, led a growing legal trade in cannabis in the Portuguese bay, a small Newfoundland country that lies outside St. John's. Janez.
"It's crazy how things are going," Clarke said.
His store, Thomas H. Clarke's distribution, is one of many places that can be legally purchased in Newfoundland and Labrador. Other provinces in Atlantic Canada have decided to set up a government-managed regime, but they can freely sell marijuana in private companies in Newfoundland – from gas stations to cannabis stores – as long as they have a license.
But also with the competition, Clarke, whose trade was the first to sell lawful cannabis in Canada on October 17, said things are happening well in their retail store.
"It was pretty straight out. From the beginning, I made 125,000 or 130,000 dollars in sales, which means I'm full week with a zero product," Clarke said.
"Day 1, in the afternoon, I ran out at 4:20; I went to ring in the last buyer and it was 4:18 and I was like" you have to wait two minutes. ""
Stress with high THC – 20 percent or more – usually sell very fast, he said, but he also noticed many people who are interested in testing high-risk CBD strains, which users say they offer medicinal benefits without psychoactive effects.
"A lot of people are trying CBD, because, of course, it was not available on the black market, so there are many new customers coming from the woodwork," he said.
Also, cut joints such as Indica-heavy strains are also popular.
As far as his customer base is concerned, Clarke said that he was all over the map, but he began to observe some of the trends.
"There are many baby boomers coming, many people between 60 and 80. Believe it or not, I would say it is my biggest customer now," he said.
There are no final sales in New Scotia
Beverly Ware, a communication consultant with Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation, responsible for online sales and recreational hemp retail sales in New Scotland, said she was unable to publish details of the quantities of cannabis sold in the province during the first month. People who want this information will have to report in third quarter reports of the corporation in January, but said that demand is extremely strong.
Of the 12 hempland outlets in the province – 11 of them, along with NSLC-Ware stores, said that four of the Halifax Metro and one in the Sydney were the most heavily burdened.
Although Ware could not provide information on how online sales were compared to purchases in the store, it said that the site was getting a lot of traffic.
"It's interesting that we show a lot of traffic on the site to customers looking for information and learning about products," she said.
"(We wish) that our clients will be well informed and we hope that they will do their homework before they come to the store."
Depending on which products are most popular, it seems that buyers are most interested in buying in smaller quantities – one and 3.5 grams of packaging compared to the larger seven and 14 grams.
"We do not know if this is something that will continue to be. It could be because there are many products that customers could try to first purchase small volumes to see which product offers them the experience they are looking for them, "she said.
While no Nova Scotia warehouses were completely sold, Ware said something – Portland Street in Dartmouth, Joseph Howe in the Halifax and Sydney locations – had to be shut down in anticipation of stocks in the first few weeks of sales.
"We closed the stores just hours before, and then we could reopen them the next morning, after we delivered more inventory," Ware said.
"Fortunately, our complementing process is quite flexible, so we could help solve some of the shortages that we knew to face, and we were able to acquire the licensed producer P.E.I. just days before legalization to help with this deficiency."
Demand is consistent, to offer a challenge to New Brunswick
In New Brunswick, where there are 20 government-run stores and the online market, major stock issues have arisen.
In an email statement, Cannabis N.B. the rapporteur, Marie-Andrée Bolduc, said that, owing to unexpected problems at the last moment, the province received only about 20-30 percent of the shipment that it had ordered for the start of October 17.
This caused the temporary closure of stores across the province. Last week, she said temporary closures in 12 of her 20 stores across the country, all of which reopened their doors within a few days
"We expect the stock to normalize in the end, but demand is consistent and supply is a challenge," Bolduc said.
On the island of Prince Edward, where there are only three shops available – all government prisons due to lack were not a problem.
According to data published by P.E.I. In the first week of legalization of cannon, hemp sold for $ 519,265 after tax, with most of them coming from their Charlottetown store. Web purchases amounted to only $ 37,603 after taxes.
While there are still early days for legitimate cannabis, vendors are already expecting future opportunities in this flourishing market. Ware said that it expects NSLC to offer more Nova Scotia products as more local producers will be available.
Clarke also hopes that he will someday offer a local product, including some that he hopes to grow, and said that he is preparing to offer pleasure once they become lawful in 2019.
"I can not wait until I can say that I have in stock 40 diseases and that they were all produced in Newfoundland," he said.
For the time being, he pumped to live a dream.
"In my high school year, I said that I dream of opening my own cafe in Amsterdam," said Clarke. "I'm really glad how things are played."