Quebec and B.C. top country's weed sales in May

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Recreational weed sales in Canada enjoyed a significant boost in May — up 14 per cent — according to data from Statistics Canada.

“Sales improved to $85 million in May, up from $74 million in April and $60 million in March,” Marijuana Business Daily reports. British Columbia recorded the biggest sales growth in May with a 37 per cent increase thanks to improved access via the opening of a number of new dispensaries.

The increase is hardly surprising, considering the level of popularity cannabis enjoys on the West Coast. Nearly a quarter of B.C. residents over the age of 15 reported consuming the drug in 2017, as per the recent United Nations World Drug Report.

The province of Quebec also saw a significant spike in May cannabis sales, thanks to allowing provincially-run SQDC stores to operate seven days a week — up from the previous four days a week that ostensibly allowed it to maintain stock during chronic product shortages. The province raked in $17 million in May, a 25 per cent uptick from the previous month.

The increase is hardly surprising, considering the level of popularity cannabis enjoys on the West Coast.

Despite the increase, the SQDC recently posted nearly $5 million dollar loss in its first fiscal year, and recent labour disputes also pose a looming threat to the retailer’s profitability.

The Maritime provinces — Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick — yielded the least amount of growth in the month of May.

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