Smiths Falls, Ontario-based Canopy Growth is temporarily closing all corporate-owned Tokyo Smoke and Tweed adult-use retail locations to help stem the worsening COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic.
Canopy operates 23 stores in Newfoundland, Saskatchewan and Manitoba as well as the Tweed visitor center in Smiths Falls.
The closures are effective at 5 p.m. local time on March 17.
He said Canopy’s stores were seeing “above-average” sales in recent days. Cannabis stores in Ontario and Alberta reported “unprecedented demand.”
Canopy did not disclose the number of employees affected by the closures.
The announcement does not apply to the noncorporate-owned Tokyo Smoke stores in Ontario.
Canopy’s stores in Manitoba and Saskatchewan will continue selling products through their e-commerce platforms.
Other provinces and territories manage their own government-run online stores, effectively shutting privately owned cannabis businesses out of e-commerce sales and deliveries.
Matt Lamers is Marijuana Business Daily’s international editor, based near Toronto. He can be reached at [email protected].
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