While residents of Prince Edward Island may be waiting a while longer for vaping products, edibles are flying off the shelves.
Products available to Islanders include cannabis-infused mints, soft chews, and chocolates. Sales of edibles are hitting their expected projections, with some products even selling out and re-ordered since the products hit store shelves on December 18.
P.E.I. Cannabis Management Corporation director of operations Zach Currie attributes swift sales to the novelty of the new products.
“We had a lot of uptake I think again, given the curiosity around this and the fact that it’s a little bit of a landmark regulatory change in edibles becoming legal I think,” Currie told CBC News.
“You know, when we rolled out, we had a range of sales volumes we thought we may do, and we certainly fell within that range.”
Nonetheless, Currie does not expect a significant increase in the sales of edible cannabis products — or to eat into the sales of products like dried flower.
“These products from a sales, dollar perspective are fairly minimal in contrast to some of the other products that we carry,” he told CBC.
The province had initially intended to roll out the sale of liquid vaping products and edibles simultaneously but then reconsidered their tactics due to reports of pulmonary issues caused by vapes — mostly in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has since attributed the illness to additive ingredient vitamin E acetate, which is banned in Canadian vape products.
It’s unclear when the products will be available on P.E.I., although dry herb vapes are available.
“I think everyone wants to take their time with it, ensure it’s done right and ensure it’s done in as safe a fashion possible,” Currie said.
For now, Islanders will have to stick to smoking or snacking to get their fix.
Written by Emma Spears