NWT residents are buying more cannabis than ever, according to a new government report.

From July 1 to Sept. 30, NWT residents purchased $1.2 million worth of cannabis products, the NWT Liquor and Cannabis Commission (NTLCC) stated. That’s the largest sum of sales since legalization.

About $714,000 worth of those transactions – more than half of the total – were in Yellowknife. The rest of the sales were at NWT liquor stores in Norman Wells, Hay River, Fort Smith and Fort Simpson and through the online shop which, at $3,676, had the lowest value of sales for the quarter.

The liquor store in Yellowknife’s Stanton Plaza recorded $714,702 worth of cannabis sales in the July 1 to Sept. 30 period. NNSL file photo

Dried cannabis accounted for most of the sales, with cannabis extracts such as oils, capsules and edibles making up the remainder.

The previous quarter of April 1 to June 30 saw residents buy just over $1 million worth of cannabis products.

Momentum is also growing on the retail front after the GNWT invited submissions for pre-qualification screenings from prospective weed vendors in Inuvik, Norman Wells, Fort Simpson, Hay River and Fort Smith on Oct. 8 and 9.

Blair McBride

Blair McBride covers the Legislative Assembly, business and education. Before coming to Yellowknife he worked as a journalist in British Columbia, Thailand and Ontario. He studied journalism at Western...

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