Recreational marijuana is set to be legalized in Canada by the summer but one medical marijuana shop owner is concerned that could paradoxically mean less cannabis is available for the first few months.
James Whitehead owns three Medijuana Dispensaries and the recently opened Cannabis Medical Centre in Victoria.
“I do foresee an upcoming gap in supply,” he told Gregor Craigie, the host of CBC’s On The Island.
Whitehead said there is still confusion among dispensary owners as to what will be required to obtain a non-medical cannabis retail licence and whether having owned an illegal dispensary previously will have a negative impact.
One thing is clearly laid out in the province’s Private Retail Licensing Guide though: once a licence is granted, only cannabis obtained from the B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch can be legally sold on the shelves.