Profits continue to roll in for Newfoundland and Labrador’s provincial cannabis business, as the Crown corporation makes improvements to its supply chain.
In a statement Tuesday, Newfoundland Labrador Liquor Corporation (NLC) its results for the second fiscal quarter, with retail cannabis sales of $16.1 million, up 5 per cent from $15.3 million last quarter.
Commissions from legal weed rose 11 per cent to $5.1 million, from $4.6 million last quarter.
Beverage alcohol sales were $78.7 million in the quarter, earning the corporation total net revenue of $57.2 million, up nearly 11 per cent.
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On Oct. 1, the NLC says it introduced a significant change to pot distribution: It streamlined supply into the province, as well as started fulfillment and delivery from its distribution centre on East White Hills Road in St. John’s.
“Shipments from the distribution centre translate into significantly faster order fulfilment times for licensed cannabis retailers, and shorter delivery times (one to two days, down from five to 10 days in previous model) and decreased shipping fees for online customers,” reads the statement.
“The change has also increased the selection of products to all licensed cannabis retailers throughout the province, and will improve NLC’s regulatory effectiveness for the cannabis industry.”
With better delivery and lower prices, the NLC says it will further disrupt the illicit market.
Four new pot shops opened in the quarter, brining the total to 32 stores.
In terms of regulatory duties, the NLC conducted 1,089 inspections on liquor establishments and cannabis retailers, down slightly from the last quarter.
According to the agency, it continues to disrupt the illicit market through enforcement activity. The NLC says it made two seizures in the quarter worth around $10,000.