On October 17th of 2018, Canada legalized adult use recreational cannabis across the nation. Since this time, citizens there have seen a smoke screen of deception, confusion, and betrayal. On the opening days of recreational cannabis sales in Canada, legal cannabis dispensaries ran out of weed. They didn’t just get weed the next day either. Some cannabis dispensaries had their doors closed for nearly a week while they waited on the government provincial suppliers website to become repopulated with product they could purchase legally.
Many cannabis dispensary owners are complaining about the lack of access businesses have to purchase legal cannabis. Dispensaries are having their employees stationed at computers constantly refreshing the provincial website to scoop up any weed they can click on as it becomes available. You can ask anyone and they’ll tell you, the pickings are slim. Back in November, just a month after cannabis legalization in Canada, Canadian cannabis producer RedeCan recalled thousands of grams of cannabis over issues with mould.
The Recall and Investigation
Even more recently, Bonify had cannabis products recalled that were sold in stores located in Saskatchewan and two other locations. Bonify is currently under investigation by Health Canada due to a whistleblower notifying them about an alleged 200kgs of black market cannabis being sold by the company as legal product. Customers who have purchased products from Bonify are advised to return them for a full refund.
Delisted and Further Repercussions Likely to Come
Bonify has already been delisted and removed from Canada’s MLL’s Wholesale catalogue. According to a statement released by Bonify’s board of directors, a third-party consultant along with Health Canada has revealed irregularities pertaining to the recalled product. Basically, Bonify is being accused of purchasing cannabis on the black market and trying to pass it off as regulated legal cannabis.
If found guilty, charges including up to 14 years in prison, along with hefty fines could be just the beginning of the repercussions seen by Bonify. They also stand to lose their government license for cultivation and sales of cannabis in Canada amongst many other things depending on the outcome of the investigation.
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