Canopy Growth closing Tokyo Smoke and Tweed cannabis retail stores

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Inside Hintonburg's Tokyo Smoke retail outlet. File photo

Canopy Growth Corp. says it's closing all of its corporate-owned Tokyo Smoke and Tweed stores later today in an effort to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

The company says its 23 corporate stores in Newfoundland, Saskatchewan and Manitoba as well as the Tweed Visitor Centre in Smiths Falls, will close at 5 p.m. local time Tuesday.

The move comes as public health officials urge people to limit contact with others in an effort to help reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Businesses have responded by cutting back and changing their operations as well as finding ways to allow employees to work from home.

Canopy says patients will be able to continue purchasing medical cannabis through Spectrum Therapeutics.

Meanwhile, it says adult consumers in Manitoba and Saskatchewan will be able to shop using the Tweed and Tokyo Smoke websites and the other provinces and territories will be supported through government-run retail websites.

Some provincial cannabis distributors are seeing Canadians stock up on pot products amid the outbreak.

Ontario Cannabis Store spokesperson Daffyd Roderick says the retailer received almost 3,000 orders on Saturday, an 80-per-cent increase over an average Saturday.

Roderick says the last three days have brought an increase in the volume in sales on OCS.ca and a high demand for same-day and next-day delivery.

The OCS has also noticed that authorized cannabis retail stores are reporting an increase in customer volume.

Societe quebecoise du cannabis says in an email to The Canadian Press that it has also experienced an increase in sales over the last few days, but declined to say how big the spike is.

Both organizations say their cannabis supply is stable and delivery is operating normally.