It’s been four months that the sale of recreational marijuana was legalised in Canada. However, as per an expert, stores have begun running out of recreational marijuana and it would likely take 5 years for them to stock them in efficient amounts.
Retail outlets in Quebec operate for only 3 days in a week due to the shortage of the product. Besides, a provincial retailer in New Brunswick has dismissed sixty workers from their jobs because of supply shortage. It is expected that the issue could worsen further when the first 25 retail shops open in Ontario on 1 April.
According to CEO of cannabis company RavenQuest BioMed, George Robinson, it may take about 5 years for the supply to meet the demands.
Thomas Clarke, owner of cannabis retail store, TCH Distribution ran out of marijuana supplies recently for about fifteen days. However, he later received supplies worth nearly $15,000 which he expected would meet demand for a few days.
It has been long argued by the Liberal government that making sales of recreational marijuana would close down the black market and reduce cannabis related crime. And now, despite of low supplies, Bill Blair, Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction said he believes that the plan is working.