Article by Don Mitchell, Global News
Roughly a month into selling cannabis in their storefronts, both of Hamilton’s retail outlets say they’re feeling the pressures of balancing supply and demand.
On Friday, Steven Fry, the owner of Canna Cabana on Barton Street, told Global News he’ll be closing his store on Sundays until the province changes their model on supplying him with pot.
Fry says the 25-kilogram limit per week he’s allowed to order from the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) is not enough to keep his dispensary open seven days a week.
He also cut hours between Monday and Wednesday, shaving an hour off each of those days to accommodate the same supply issues.
“We average about five kilograms in sales per day,” said Fry. “If you do the quick math, we run dry before the end of the week. It’s very frustrating.”
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) limits customers to 30 grams of dried cannabis per person per visit. Canna Cabana’s owner says a typical customer purchases between one and seven grams per visit.
Fry points to two significant problems with the province’s model. The first is that smaller markets have the same supply maximums as the bigger cities.
“Niagara Falls is a tenth of the size of Hamilton, but they’re allowed the same 25 kilograms a week,” said Fry. “That’s not practical if you ask me.”
Another issue is lost product in failed orders due to lack of supply from the OCS.
“For example, if I order 10 kilograms of Category A, and they can only supply me with five kilograms, that’s all I will get,” Fry said. “I lose five kilograms off my maximum order. I can’t order five kilograms of Category B as an alternative to replace it.”