Lack of Legal Cannabis Seeds Fuels Spike in Black-Market Sales

Article by Solarina Ho, Globe and Mail

Lack of legal cannabis seeds fuels spike in black-market sales Article by Solarina Ho, Globe and Mail

Some illegal cannabis seed vendors are reporting big spikes in sales since recreational cannabis was legalized last month, driven by the lack of legal seed supply outside the medical marijuana system.

Among the legal changes that took place on Oct. 17, adults across Canada, with the exception of those in Manitoba and Quebec, are now permitted to grow up to four cannabis plants per household.

The sales jump during a normally sluggish season – when seedlings are not planted outdoors – comes as several provinces confirm seeds are not yet being offered for sale by licensed vendors. In the absence of legal supply, business has been booming for unlicensed producers mopping up some of that demand.

Adam, the owner of Ontario-based vendor Dr. Seeds, said gross sales in October – typically among the slowest sales periods of the year – were over $12,000, double his monthly average for the year. He began the website operation as a hobby business nearly four years ago. He then ramped it up about a year and a half ago and now sells a variety of strains in packages of five seeds for $50, or 10 seeds for $80. He declined to use his full name for publication due to the illegal nature of the business.

Other vendors have also reported increased sales, including Vancouver Seed Bank owner, Rebecca Ambrose, who told the Vancouver Sun that October sales had at least tripled. Ms. Ambrose did not respond to inquiries from The Globe and Mail.

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