Cannabis retailers still short of supply on second day of legal pot

Source: financial Post : THE CANADIAN PRESS : 10/18/2018

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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.

Don and Aaron (last names withheld) from the United States show off their cannabis purchases outside British Columbia's first legal B.C. cannabis store in Kamloops, B.C. Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. Canada legalized cannabis nation wide today. JONATHAN HAYWARD / THE CANADIAN PRESS

Don and Aaron (last names withheld) from the United States show off their cannabis purchases outside British Columbia's first legal B.C. cannabis store in Kamloops, B.C. Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. Canada legalized cannabis nation wide today.JONATHAN HAYWARD / THE CANADIAN PRESS

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.