On October 17, Canada became the second nation in the world to legalise the use of marijuana. Today, you’ll be hard pressed to find a gram in the whole country.
Yep, due to the immense popularity of the legalisation, the country is experiencing a wide-spread marijuana shortage. It’s gotten to the point where police have been called in to assist shop-owners who have been forced to face long queues and frustrated customers.
Bill Blair is a former Toronto chief of police and leader of the government’s legalisation programme. He spoke to TV station CBC about the country’s inability to meet demand.
“We expected, you know, certain strains might run out and there would be a bit of a run on supply.”
“But, you know, they’ve got a pretty good infrastructure in place and I’m confident it will work.”
The new law specifies that citizens are allowed to carry up to 30 grams of cannabis in public, with no restrictions at home. Green thumbs have been happy to learn that each household will be able to grow up to four marijuana plants.
Unfortunately for all the Bob Marley impersonators out there, the problems with supply might not be fixed any time soon. In the same CBC television interview, Patrick Wallace, the owner of Waldo’s 430 Store in Alberta (really) emphasised that “the supply is just a mess”.
Shops licensed to sell marijuana have only been able to access small amounts of supply when ordering online. For the lucky few who have received deliveries, they have been given far less stock than they actually ordered.
Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission (AGLC) spokeswoman Heather Holmen said that after only four days of legalisation, “nobody has all the answers right now.”
Despite having no product to actually sell, the AGLC has approved 14 more retail cannabis store licences, bringing the total number to 31. This is more than anywhere else in Canada.
If only stressed consumers had something to mellow them out…