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Strong cannabis sales in B.C. in first week of legalization

A week after recreational cannabis became legal in Canada, it appears there is demand in B.C., with nearly 22,000 transactions — roughly the population of Fort. St. John — so far in the province. The federal government legalized pot on Oct.
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A week after recreational cannabis became legal in Canada, it appears there is demand in B.C., with nearly 22,000 transactions — roughly the population of Fort. St. John — so far in the province.

The federal government legalized pot on Oct. 17, marking a historic shift in drug policy and becoming the second country in the world, after Uruguay, to legalize cannabis.

With only one brick-and-mortar store open in B.C. — in Kamloops — online sales continue to reign supreme, with 17,723 transactions from Oct. 17 through Oct. 23.

That compares to 4,013 transactions at the lone government store in the Columbia Place Shopping Centre in Sahali.

Kamloops became home to the first legal pot shop in the province due to the city’s readiness, complete with zoning and licensing regulations already in place by city staff and support from mayor and council.

A city staffer was also in the right place at the right time to pitch Kamloops for the first location, as part of the province’s joint cannabis committee.

Legalization day alone garnered 9,175 transactions online and 805 transactions in Kamloops.