Clones land at retail in Canada

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Residents of the Canadian province of Newfoundland who want to grow their own cannabis at home will soon have access to one of the first legal sources of over-the-counter cannabis clones in Canada.

Newfoundland and Labrador-based cannabis cultivator Atlantic Cultivation, which also operates 7 cannabis stores in the province, has announced that it will soon be delivering its stores with cuttings.

Chris Crosbie, the company’s founder, told StratCann that Atlantic Cultivation has been working since late last year with the cannabis department of the Newfoundland Labrador Liquor Corporation (NLC), the provincial cannabis regulatory body, on this new product category and has just received approval for two new clone references.

The clones will retail for CA$17 (€13) each, or CA$60 for four rooted clones, and while he’s producing a large batch of clones for the first shipment, he hopes customers will then place pre-orders to allow him to better assess demand for future batches.

Three of Atlantic Cultivation’s seven stores will be stocked in clone before opening to more locations across the province.

“I’m very happy to be able to offer something so unique in our stores, and it’s a win for the community if I can get well-priced clones into people’s hands,” said Chris Crosbie.

While most provinces do not allow cannabis producers to sell their products directly to retailers, or only through a specialized “farm” model, Newfoundland and Labrador does allow some producers to operate their own retail outlets and deliver their own products directly to their stores.

“It’s a very close collaboration with the NLC,” says Chris. Crosbie. “They want to see us hire people, they want to figure out how we can get to market as quickly as possible. They really help the industry in Newfoundland. »

“The biggest opportunity is simply the conversion of these consumers from the traditional market to the legal market… but we have to offer the right products at the right prices to maintain this conversion,” he continues.

Newfoundland and Labrador was the first province to allow consumers to purchase cannabis clones as early as 2018, but sales have been very low, likely because they were only available by mail order. Other small pilots have taken place in other provinces on a limited, trial basis.

This will be the first time Newfoundlanders will have a legal, over-the-counter source for their own home cultivation.

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