Citizens in Canada have a new phrase that is trending. That phrase is “where’s the weed at?” Since recreational adult use cannabis was legalized on October 17th of 2018, legal cannabis dispensaries across Canada have experienced shortages when it comes to supplying customers with the green they desire.
The shortage of weed is no laughing matter. Even though cannabis is sold as a recreational product in Canada, many consumers utilize the healing attributes of this plant for medicinal purposes. The lack of provincial distributors having enough cannabis seems like something that could have been avoided.
Who or What is to Blame?
Provincial distributors blame federal regulators and producers for the lack of cannabis. The shortage in weed had very adverse unwanted effects indeed. In the province of Ontario, store licenses have been limited to 25, Quebec closed stores in the province for three days each week, and Alberta completely froze retailer licensing altogether. To quote Ellen Burke “once you to turn a market black, it’s hard to turn it back.”
Currently, statistics predict Canada needs around 77 tons per month to meet the demand for dry cannabis and oil equivalents.
The Industry Giants vs Small Craft Growers
Before Canada legalized cannabis, there were numerous mom and pop craft cannabis cultivation locations across the country. Sadly, legalization and regulation are about money, and that means corporations. Canopy Growth, Tilray, and other giants in the industry have swept in to grow massive amounts of cannabis in state-of-the-art facilities.
Perhaps the reason that the Canada retail market is seeing shortages is that they didn’t allow the individuals that have kept the plant and culture alive for decades an opportunity to participate in the legal market.
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