Canadian Cannabis Stores Face Shortage Supply After Legalization

Marco Green
October 21, 2018

Now, more than 30 states have OK'd the medical use of marijuana, and nine have approved recreational use by adults.

"It's been hectic", said Roseanne Dampier, who joined her husband - both former welders - in opening Alternative Greens, a licensed store in Edmonton, Alberta.

Canada has had legal medical marijuana since 2001 and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government has spent two years working toward expanding that to include so-called recreational marijuana. Canada cannabis could disrupt a half-trillion dollar market.

"Now that our neighbor to the north is opening its legal cannabis market, the longer we delay, the longer we miss out on potentially significant economic opportunities for OR and other states across the country", he said in a written statement. Ron Wyden, a Democrat who represents OR, one of the legal marijuana states, called prohibition a "failed policy that wastes resources and destroys lives". It called on the government to promise to change the law if it leads to increased marijuana use. Around 800 sales were made at the only government-run store open on Day 1.

Under the new law, citizens will be allowed to carry up to 30 grams of cannabis in public and each household will be able to grow up to four marijuana plants. A case in Canada occurred for the first time.

The man was fined for Smoking marijuana in the wrong place. "The U.S. and other countries grappling with the complexities of such a significant policy shift will have an excellent opportunity to learn from the Canadian experience".

As Canada welcomes legalisation, supply shortages could develop, as happened in some USA states when legalisation arrived.

Brenda Tobin and her son Trevor plan to open their pot shop in Labrador City in Newfoundland and Labrador at 4:20 p.m., a reference to 420, slang for the consumption of cannabis.

"They can't come in the store, but they can see the line, see this important moment in Canadian history", Fencott said. The industry is set to transform itself and cannabis companies are already a step ahead, thinking about products like beverages, with some of them pursuing collaborations with multinational blue chip companies. Zach Johns is the first person in the province to receive an order from the Ontario Cannabis Store: two products at one gram each, received on October 18. "That's not even paying someone's salary".

Genevieve Despres, 41, was one of the lucky ones to make it inside the store on Wednesday.

"It's a historic day, a real first", said Alain Brunet, project manager for the Quebec's government corporation overseeing the stores.

Canada on Wednesday became the first major world economy to legalize recreational marijuana, beginning a national experiment that will alter the country's social, cultural and economic fabric, and present the nation with its biggest public policy challenge in decades.

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