**Updated** NB cannabis retailer lays off staffers as 'operational needs' become clear


**Updated at 2:04 p.m.**

The Canadian Press is reporting Cannabis NB will be laying off a total of 60 staff

New Brunswick's cannabis retailer is laying off staff, saying it has a better understanding of "operational needs'' three months after the historic legalization of recreational marijuana.

Cannabis NB said most of the layoffs involved people with seasonal contracts, but some are part-time or full-time employees.

Spokeswoman Marie-Andree Bolduc said Thursday that despite supply challenges, operations have normalized at the 20 stores and they now understand the needs of each outlet.

She said the move is typical for new retail operations, and in line with a need for "long-term fiscal responsibility.''

Under the former Liberal government, New Brunswick had seen legalized cannabis as green gold, a chance to rake in profits and create production and retail jobs, with a community college program developed for cannabis technicians.

In a statement, Bolduc did not immediately confirm the number of people laid off.