A national cannabis shortage has led to corporate battles for whatever pot is available. Now, Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis has stepped in to referee some of the disputes.
Retailers are no longer be able to order pot online. On Monday, the AGLC told all store owners they would have to manually order their next shipment.
When marijuana became legal on Oct. 17, licensed retailers could place orders with the AGLC online. The first company to stake a claim to the pot would receive it.
AGLC said it has not received the product it expected by growers. Nationally, other regulators are dealing with similar shortages. Demand has met or exceeded expectations. Those market conditions meant the online ordering plan did not work as intended.
Retailers fiercely competed for whatever product they could find.
Joshua Vera is the founder of Elevate Cannabis in Edmonton. His company received a licence to start selling two weeks ago.
His doors remain closed and on Wednesday, he put up a sign telling would-be customers he’s out of stock.