With the majority of Ontarians spending their time at home practicing social distancing and self-isolation, many are taking advantage of the essential service that is the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS).
The OCS has seen a "marked increase" in purchases and Supreme Cannabis, the parent company of Tiverton marijuana facility - 7ACRES, can attest to an increase in sales of product says Supreme's Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Nicole Sale.
"Supreme Cannabis online sales through the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) increased in volume by over 170 percent last week. This increase was driven mostly by whole flower from 7ACRES and sugarleaf pre-rolls."
Daffyd Roderick, Director of Communications for the Ontario Cannabis Store says over the past two weeks there's been a "high demand" for next day delivery.
"Last Saturday (March 14) saw almost 3,000 orders, an 80 percent increase over an average Saturday. Sunday (March 15) saw more than 4,000 orders, a 100 percent increase from the previous week.
"This Saturday (March 21) saw more than 4,000 orders. Sunday (March 22) also saw more than 4,000 orders."
Roderick says by Monday (March 23), they received 7,200 online orders which was a single-day record excluding the launch of legalization.
On Monday, the Province included the OCS, Cannabis stores, LCBO and The Beer Store as "essential services" to remain open in Ontario during the COVID-19 Pandemic, as well as cannabis producers.
Following the announcement the OCS still had more than 5,000 orders on Tuesday and more than 4,000 orders by Wednesday, March 25.
"The OCS supports the Government's decision to keep cannabis stores open, we know our consumers count on us for tested, legal traceable cannabis products that are regulated by Health Canada," he says.
Since the pandemic began the Tiverton facility has increased its existing health and safety and sanitization practices and is going "above and beyond our usual best practices to ensure our employee's feel comfortable coming to work at 7ACRES," says Sale.
Increased safety measures introduced include staggered breaks and lunches, constant surface sanitization in high traffic areas, social distancing requirements, and rescheduled shifts to avoid overlap.
Employees who can work remotely have been encouraged to work from home.
Sale adds, "any employee who is ill or may have come into contact with someone who is ill must stay home in order to protect the safety of everyone. To date, 7ACRES' continues to see strong attendance and maintain the number of employees necessary to operate our facilities with limited disruption."
In addition, 7ACRES has committed to donating approximately 500 N-95 masks to the Bruce County area and is working closely with the local health care community to safely distribute them.
"We strongly believe Supreme Cannabis has an opportunity to contribute to the well-being of our customers across the country, while maintaining the health and safety of our employees," says Sale.