Legal cannabis sales overtake black market for the first time in Ontario


54% of recreational pot sales in Ontario took place legally between July and September

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Good things continue to grow in Ontario.

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According to the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS), more recreational cannabis users in the province buy their buds legally than on the black market. most recent quarterly report.

This is the first time that legal sales have exceeded illegal sales in Ontario since legalization in October 2018, OCS reported – attributing the figures to Statistics Canada, which collects detailed cannabis market data .

“This last quarter marked the reopening of the province and despite the COVID-19 pandemic which continues to affect many areas of the economy, significant progress has been made in the cannabis market,” the report reads. summary of the report.

Between July 1 and September 30, 54.2% of cannabis sales in Ontario were made either through the OCS website or through one of the province’s 1,115 legal retailers.

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Sales of recreational pots were just under $ 394 million in the third quarter of 2021, a 28% increase from last quarter – $ 17.5 million sold through and the remainder through retail stores.

Just over half of all cannabis sales were dried flowers, with pre-rolls and vapes coming in second and third respectively.

While interest in edibles – which includes baked goods, chocolate, hard candies, and soft chews – only made up 5% of sales this quarter, interest in the long, slow top rises.

Concentrates, such as hash, shatter, distillates and wax, made up 3%, while other products – including oils, beverages, capsules, seeds, and topicals – made up 2% or less. all sales.

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