As customers hoard pot brownies, North American weed firms see lockdown boost

  • Several US states and Canadian provinces have taken steps to curb the fast-spreading coronavirus by issuing stay at home orders, restricting business operations, or closing down borders as death toll in both countries approaches 600.
  • While many businesses have been ordered shut, cannabis stores have been listed as essential services and allowed to remain open.
  • In Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, online sales on the government-run Ontario Cannabis Store’s (OCS) website have soared over the last two weeks, OCS director of communications Daffyd Roderick, said.
  • In Nova Scotia, which on Sunday became the latest province to declare coronavirus emergency, cannabis sales spiked 76per cent last week, according to the province’s liquor commission, which controls sales of cannabis there.

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