THC vape products to hit store shelves – Sherwood Park News

Albertans will be able to legally purchase cannabis vape products in stores this month, according to the AGLC. Postmedia File Photo

In a surprise move, the provincial government has backtracked on its decision to ban cannabis stores in Alberta from selling THC and CBD vape cartridges.

The decision comes a little over a month after the plans to allow vapes on shelves were put on hold saying a review of the safety of the products was needed. The reversal is welcome news to cannabis shops in Sherwood Park, which expect the new products to fly off the shelves. 

“We’re super excited and glad the province decided to move forward with that. We do have a lot of guests coming in on a daily basis wondering when we’re going to get vapes and concentrates. We’re definitely glad to deliver the news they’re coming to our guests,” explained Nic Digiuseppe, owner and manager of Spiritleaf Sherwood Park. 

Spiritleaf expects to have their first vape products for sale on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

Heather Holmen, communications manager for Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC), told Postmedia the decision to allow the vapes in stores was done after a review; “Government reviewed the available evidence, data and other provinces’ decisions on cannabis vaping and determined that Alberta will allow for the sale of cannabis vapes.”

The vape products will come in a variety of options and Spiritleaf is hoping to have a mix. Photo Supplied

Digiuseppe said he’s happy the government took the time to make sure everything is safe. 

“There was a little bit of a delay with Alberta jumping on board with selling vapes because they did want to make sure the products were safe and were not going to cause harm,” he said. “I’m glad they took their time to ensure the safety of the products.”

If it’s anything like the release of edibles, THC vape products is expected to be extremely popular.

“I’m not sure how many we’re going to get because if it follows suit with edibles then I won’t be surprised if they sell out real quick because that has been the trend with edibles every week,” Digiuseppe said. “We have people calling us and putting edibles on hold and they are generally gone within the first hour of us getting them for sure.”

Despite the new products being available, the supply is still limited.

“We’re ordering everything that we can but right now there isn’t enough supply for every store to receive their order and most items are still in lottery but we are told that should get better every week so we’ll just keep rolling forward and hope for the best,” Digiuseppe said.

The vape products will come in a variety of options and Spiritleaf is hoping to have a mix. 

“There are some really unique flavours and strain specific items coming out that I’m personally interested in as well and I imagine our guests will be very excited the day they arrive,” the owner said.

The prices are expected to range from $30 to $70 and will depend on whether it is a blend, disposable and various differences. Vape cartridges are expected to have about 100 to 200 pulls per device and a cartridge could have upwards of 1,000 milligrams of THC in it. There will be various kits and packages available for both new or experienced vapers.

With THC and CBD vaping products now being allowed by the government, Jessica Goodwin, press secretary for the provincial Treasury Board and Finance, said the review on the Tobacco and Smoking Reduction Act continues and the approval of vapes is unrelated to the overall review. 

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