PEI

Islanders have bought over $7M worth of pot since legalization

In the first six months of marijuana legalization, P.E.I. Cannabis is reporting sales of $7,077,150. 

Marijuana bringing in the green

Islanders bought more than $7 million worth of pot since it was legalized last October. (John Robertson/CBC)

P.E.I. Cannabis is reporting sales of $7,077,150 between Oct. 17, 2018 and March 31, 2019. 

The total dried cannabis equivalent sold was 704,032 grams, the government agency said in a statement emailed to CBC News.

The numbers would indicate that sales have cooled slightly since legalization — Statistics Canada reported in January that at $2.1 million, P.E.I. had the highest per-capita sales in the country in the first six weeks of legalization.

That's almost $59 for every Islander over age 19. 

Saturday will be the first 4/20 since recreational marijuana was legalized in Canada on Oct. 17. 

4/20 has been celebrated for decades on April 20. It was code for pot, or pot smoking, coined by a group of high school students in San Francisco in the 1970s.

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Sara Fraser

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Sara is a P.E.I. native who graduated from the University of King's College in Halifax. N.S., with a Bachelor of Journalism (Honours) degree. She's worked with CBC Radio and Television since 1988, moving to the CBC P.E.I. web team in 2015, focusing on weekend features. email sara.fraser@cbc.ca

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