Cannabis retail sales in Canada continue to climb as the industry evolves and increased by 3.7 per cent from March to April.
Statistics Canada released the monthly report on cannabis retail sales and saw a retail revenue of $372 million from $359 million in the last year.
In Ontario, the largest market, sales were up 4 per cent to $150.2 million from $144.8 million in March. and up 53 per cent last year, reflecting the increase in the number of stores.
Quebec was up 18 per cent to $50.1 million from $42.5 million in March. Alberta saw a 2 per cent increase in April to $64.7 million from $63.1 million.
British Columbia was down 6 per cent to $52.8 million in March from $56.3 million in April.
According to Statistics Canada, the country had approximately 454,000 stores as of April.
Overall, retail sales across all industries in Canada increased by 0.07 per cent.
A study published this March in the journal Drug and Alcohol Review concludes that increasing pot sales after Covid hit was consistent with pre-existing trends and more stores opening across the country.