Article by Matt Novak, Gizmodo
On October 17th, recreational use of marijuana will be legal in Canada. But some people are worried that there won’t be enough federally licensed weed shops to meet demand on opening day. The government says not to worry. There will be plenty of weed to go around on October 17th.
When weed becomes legal in Canada there will be slight differences in regulation depending on the province where you live. Provinces in the east like Ontario and Quebec will only allow people to buy weed legally at province-run shops, similar to laws in Alabama and Utah where only states are allowed to sell alcohol in stores. But provinces in the west, like British Columbia, will allow entrepreneurs to open up their own weed shops
The reason that people are concerned there might not be enough weed to go around is that federal licensing will be required for people to grow pot and, as of now, those licenses won’t be available until October 17th. The government is assuring people that there will be enough weed, but it’s still not clear how that will work.
The CBC spoke to Canadian health officials who said they’re confident about supply, without explaining how it will all pan out:
“When asked about supply, officials speaking on background said they’re pretty confident there will be enough cannabis for opening day.
“According to the regulations, license applications will be assessed on merit and a record of previous drug-related offenses, including trafficking, won’t automatically disqualify an applicant. So having a criminal background won’t necessarily prevent Canadians from getting into the industry”