September 23, 2022

CANADA CANNABIS SPOT INDEX — September 23, 2022

CANADA CANNABIS SPOT INDEX (CCSI) 

Week Ending September 23, 2022
CCSI image 1 2022-09-23

*The provincial excise taxes vary. Cannabis Benchmarks estimates the population weighted average excise tax for Canada.

**CCSI is inclusive of the estimated Federal & Provincial cannabis excise taxes..

The CCSI was assessed at C$5.42 per gram this week, up 0.7% from last week’s C$5.38 per gram. This week’s price equates to US$1,834 per pound at the current exchange rate.

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September 16, 2022

CANADA CANNABIS SPOT INDEX — September 16, 2022

CANADA CANNABIS SPOT INDEX (CCSI) 

Week Ending September 16, 2022
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*The provincial excise taxes vary. Cannabis Benchmarks estimates the population weighted average excise tax for Canada.

**CCSI is inclusive of the estimated Federal & Provincial cannabis excise taxes..

The CCSI was assessed at C$5.38 per gram this week, down 1.2% from last week’s C$5.45 per gram. This week’s price equates to US$1,854 per pound at the current exchange rate.

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SOURE: Cannabis Benchmarks, Health Canada
  • Cannabis Benchmarks conducted their monthly store count check, and we are starting to see a slowdown in new store openings across many provinces. The current store count across Canada as of the end of August 2022 sat at 3,297, which is 868 more than last year.
  • The intense competition amongst closely located retailers in Alberta is driving a wave of store closures. Based on our count since the inception of legal recreational cannabis markets, this was the first time that net cannabis stores in the province dropped month-on-month. The store count in Alberta currently sits at 762. One of the positives for Alberta cannabis retailers has been the closure of the government-run online cannabis store, which occurred in March. This has pushed consumers to private retailers that are now permitted to sell online, direct-to-consumer.
  • Ontario is now host to 47% of the stores currently open across Canada, which makes sense given its immense population. That being said, growth in stores has slowed considerably in 2022, with many pockets of the province starting to hit saturation points. As with Alberta, we expect Ontario to start to see some store closures and some potential openings to more evenly space the stores.
  • British Columbia is another closely-watched market with a strong history of illicit grow operations. From August 15-30, a public sector labor dispute resulted in the closure of BC Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) cannabis distribution centers. As a result,  many stores were temporarily shut down due to lack of product. Additionally, the province-run online store stopped sales and is still not taking any new orders as it tries to catch up.

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September 9, 2022

CANADA CANNABIS SPOT INDEX — September 9, 2022

CANADA CANNABIS SPOT INDEX (CCSI) 

Week Ending September 9, 2022
CCSI image 1 2022-09-09

*The provincial excise taxes vary. Cannabis Benchmarks estimates the population weighted average excise tax for Canada.

**CCSI is inclusive of the estimated Federal & Provincial cannabis excise taxes..

The CCSI was assessed at C$5.45 per gram this week, up 0.4% from last week’s C$5.43 per gram. This week’s price equates to US$1,883 per pound at the current exchange rate.

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SOURE: Cannabis Benchmarks, Health Canada
  • Statistics Canada recently released June retail cannabis sales for the country. Sales increased from May by C$3.9M to C$377.5M. To correct for the different number of days per month, we look at the data in terms of average daily sales. The latest data shows average daily sales jumped to C$12.5M in June, an increase of 4.4% from May and a new record. The growth in sales comes with the increasing store counts and more flexible online / delivery options. The better accessibility continues to pressure the illicit market’s share of total cannabis sales in the country.
  • The continued increase in legal cannabis store counts is putting immense pressure on the retail sector as overall sales per store slide (as seen in the chart above). At the national level, average store sales have dropped by 37% from C$185,000 / month to C$117,000 / month in the 18 month time period from January 2021 to June 2022. During the same timeframe, Ontario saw a drop of 55% in average sales per store, with retailers opening in the province at a rapid rate. Meanwhile, Alberta saw a drop of only 16%, as an already large retail footprint was established earlier on, shortly after the legal market opened in late 2018.
  • Another figure to highlight is the number of people each store potentially serves. In January 2021, the average store potentially served over 25,000 people. Today that figure has dropped to one licensed store for fewer than 12,000 Canadians. [Note: These figures do not correct for age.]
  • If sales continue at the daily run rate for June, we should exceed C$4.41B in sales for 2022. (That calculation assumes a daily sales average of C$12.5M between June and December.) This should paint the low-end of expected sales this year, as the June figures precede the peak summer season, which generally sees higher seasonal sales, along with the end-of-year holiday period.

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September 2, 2022

CANADA CANNABIS SPOT INDEX — September 2, 2022

CANADA CANNABIS SPOT INDEX (CCSI) 

Week Ending September 2, 2022
CCSI image 1 2022-09-02

*The provincial excise taxes vary. Cannabis Benchmarks estimates the population weighted average excise tax for Canada.

**CCSI is inclusive of the estimated Federal & Provincial cannabis excise taxes..

The CCSI was assessed at C$5.43 per gram this week, up 1.3% from last week’s C$5.36 per gram. This week’s price equates to US$1,878 per pound at the current exchange rate.

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SOURE: Cannabis Benchmarks, Health Canada
  • Statistics Canada recently released June retail cannabis sales for the country. Sales increased from May by C$3.9M to C$377.5M. To correct for the different number of days per month, we look at the data in terms of average daily sales. The latest data shows average daily sales jumped to C$12.5M in June, an increase of 4.4% from May and a new record. The growth in sales comes with the increasing store counts and more flexible online / delivery options. The better accessibility continues to pressure the illicit market’s share of total cannabis sales in the country.
  • The continued increase in legal cannabis store counts is putting immense pressure on the retail sector as overall sales per store slide (as seen in the chart above). At the national level, average store sales have dropped by 37% from C$185,000 / month to C$117,000 / month in the 18 month time period from January 2021 to June 2022. During the same timeframe, Ontario saw a drop of 55% in average sales per store, with retailers opening in the province at a rapid rate. Meanwhile, Alberta saw a drop of only 16%, as an already large retail footprint was established earlier on, shortly after the legal market opened in late 2018.
  • Another figure to highlight is the number of people each store potentially serves. In January 2021, the average store potentially served over 25,000 people. Today that figure has dropped to one licensed store for fewer than 12,000 Canadians. [Note: These figures do not correct for age.]
  • If sales continue at the daily run rate for June, we should exceed C$4.41B in sales for 2022. (That calculation assumes a daily sales average of C$12.5M between June and December.) This should paint the low-end of expected sales this year, as the June figures precede the peak summer season, which generally sees higher seasonal sales, along with the end-of-year holiday period.

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August 26, 2022

CANADA CANNABIS SPOT INDEX — August 26, 2022

CANADA CANNABIS SPOT INDEX (CCSI) 

Week Ending August 26, 2022
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*The provincial excise taxes vary. Cannabis Benchmarks estimates the population weighted average excise tax for Canada.

**CCSI is inclusive of the estimated Federal & Provincial cannabis excise taxes..

The CCSI was assessed at C$5.36 per gram this week, down 0.9% from last week’s C$5.41 per gram. This week’s price equates to US$1,873 per pound at the current exchange rate.

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SOURE: Cannabis Benchmarks, Health Canada
  • Statistics Canada recently published unpackaged production data through the end of 2021. The agency had previously released unpackaged production data through September 2021. The latest data shows that, through the end of 2021, total Canadian unpackaged production continued to hover slightly above 2020 levels. For 2021, total unpackaged cannabis production totalled 1.62M kg, or 9.6% more than 2020.
  • Despite several significant cultivators closing growing facilities, as we reported last month, production still increased. This indicates that a sizable portion of the licensed growing area has been grossly underutilized, and that additional closures may be on the horizon. Total licensed indoor growing area dropped by 10% in 2021, according to Statistics Canada
  • While indoor growing facilities close, we see craft growers turning to outdoor cultivation in the cold Canadian climate. Though legal cannabis produced from outdoor cultivation is frequently thought to be of lower quality, it has significantly lower production costs, making it more competitive with illicitly-produced supply. While outdoor-grown cannabis might not be as marketable for smoking compared to indoor-grown flower, cannabis grown outdoors is ideal as a raw material for extraction and the production of cannabis 2.0 products like edibles, beverages, and vapes. In 2021, the reported data shows that the country’s licensed outdoor growing area jumped by 62% year-on-year to peak at 713 acres.
  • Nevertheless, despite the growth in outdoor cultivation, Cannabis Benchmarks estimates outdoor-grown cannabis still makes up a relatively small portion of Canada’s overall cannabis production. Additionally, outdoor cultivation is seasonal, increasing the supply of cannabis in the market in late autumn, which has been shown to impact wholesale prices in U.S. cannabis markets where significant outdoor growing occurs, sometimes dramatically.
  • Cannabis Benchmarks estimates the total Canadian outdoor cannabis cultivation volume in 2021 to be approximately 210,000 kg, or approximately 13% of overall unpackaged production. This proportion is consistent with 2020. As more cannabis is cultivated outdoors, we anticipate that outdoor-grown cannabis will have a significant impact on the landscape of Canadian cultivation.

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