Now, pot shop employees are gearing up to sell the products, their enthusiasm accompanied by a healthy dose of education.
Albertans have been waiting patiently for new pot products to hit the shelves after delays left the province celebrating a less-than-green Christmas, despite allowing dispensaries and liquor retailers to stay open for the first time during the statutory holiday. Now pot shop employees are gearing up to sell the products, their enthusiasm accompanied by a healthy dose of education.
“Our training is actually made up of a few different things. Number one, we have an online training portal. Then we have the licensed producers that come through the stores and various cities that do events and provide education on brand awareness,” Inner Spirit Holdings Darren Bondar told Global News. The company owns Spiritleaf, a chain of cannabis shops with locations across the country, one of which is located in Lethbridge.
But cannabis-lovers in Lethbridge and the rest of the province shouldn’t expect every second-wave product to be available for purchase immediately, if at all.
The province has opted to delay the sale of liquid cannabis vapes indefinitely in the wake of a string of vape-induced pulmonary illnesses, most of which were reported in the U.S. The culprit has since been identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as likely to be additive ingredient vitamin E acetate.
This product is banned in Canadian vape products, but Alberta will hold off on selling products like vape cartridges for the time being.
Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC) “and government are considering various aspects related to cannabis vape products to determine whether or not they will be available for consumer purchase in Alberta,” provincial regulator AGLC noted in a statement last month.
“As you have likely seen, there have been recent reports about the health effects of vaping. As a result, vape products will not be available in the initial launch of edibles, extracts and topicals,” AGLC noted.
Edibles, however, are expected to be a hit.
“We have a lot of excitement about the edibles. We get several phone calls a day and get asked by several customers when we’ll be getting edibles in,” Lethbridge Spiritleaf dispensary employee Meagan Charleton told Global News. “So, hopefully, they’ll be here by the end of January so that we can meet all of that hype.”
Written by Emma Spears