Cannabis retailers still short of supply on second day of legal pot
Hundreds of people lineup at a government cannabis store Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 in Montreal as the legal sale of cannabis begins in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
TORONTO -- Cannabis retailers are fending off shorter lines on the second day of legal recreational pot but are already out of certain products or supply altogether, prompting some to turn customers away.
Quebec's cannabis crown corporation says some items are unavailable on its website and given the scarcity of products across Canada it expects "significant" short-term supply challenges.
Alberta and Prince Edward Island also say certain products have sold out online after brisk business on their cannabis sales portals on the first day of legalization.
Private retailer Thomas Clarke in Newfoundland and Labrador says he is continuing to turn away customers at his brick-and-mortar shop today after completely selling out of product yesterday.
Chief executive of retailer Fire and Flower, Trevor Fencott, says its five stores in Alberta and Saskatchewan are stocked but it won't launch its online store for Saskatchewan until it receives more supply.
Public and private pot retailers saw long lineups and a wave of online purchases yesterday as Canadians rushed to make their first-ever purchase of legal recreational pot and witness the historic moment.