The discrepancy between sales of cannabis edibles and inventory in Canada is growing, according to the most recent data from the federal health regulator.
In June, roughly 7.8 million packaged units of cannabis edibles were held in stock by federal license holders, provincial distributors and retailers.
That compares with sales of 1.1 million units in medical and non-medical channels, per the Health Canada data.
The discrepancy – 6.7 million units – is an increase from the previous month’s 5.3 million packaged units and comes as sales growth is slowing for the category.
Another 3 million units of edibles were placed in the “final packaging” stage that month.
Some of that inventory will have found a home in the approximately 200 adult-use cannabis stores that were opened between June and October.
The data also shows sales growth of marijuana edibles slowed as distribution became more widespread.
Month-over-month sales growth fell from 50% earlier in the year to 9.5% in May and 11% in June.
Most of the cannabis edibles was sold in the adult-use market (1.09 million units), and a small amount was sold to medical patients (22,630 units).
Dried cannabis inventory continues to rise.
Roughly 720,425 kilograms (720 metric tons) of unpackaged dried cannabis was held in stock in June by cultivators and processors.
Packaged inventory of dried cannabis held in stock by cultivators, processors, distributors and retailers was only 82,582 kilograms in the same month.
Health Canada has not disclosed sales of dried cannabis in kilograms since last year.
Sales of cannabis extracts were 1.2 million in June versus inventory of almost 10 million units.
Matt Lamers is Marijuana Business Daily’s international editor, based near Toronto. He can be reached at [email protected].