Article by Kevin Maimann,
Cannabis consumers who can’t buy seeds are finding creative ways to grow their own pot.
Even though the federal government made it legal on Oct. 17 to grow four plants per household, officials say there is no place to buy seeds without breaking the law.
“As far as I know, there’s none in the country,” said Kaleigh Miller, a spokesperson with the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission (AGLC).
Officials with the AGLC, the provincial government agency that distributes cannabis to stores across Alberta, say they’ve only received 20 per cent of the pot they were promised under contracts with 15 licensed producers.
None of that 20 per cent includes seeds.
“It’s one of the products that we had negotiated to have delivered, which, of course, in turn did not show up,” Miller said.
“We’re working very hard to get them, because we do know that it is a market that people want to partake in.”
Heather MacGregor, a spokesperson for Edmonton-based licensed producer Aurora Cannabis, said in an email that the company is “currently working hard to review the optimal product portfolio for starting materials, both in the form of seeds and live plants.