Legal Weed Shortage Becomes a Blame Game

Article by The Leaf News

Legal weed shortage becomes a blame game Ontario PC party interim leader Vic Fedeli speaks after a caucus meeting at Queen's Park in Toronto on Friday, January 26, 2018. Fedeli has been named interim leader of Ontario's Progressive Conservatives after Patrick Brown's resignation in the face of sexual misconduct allegations. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Canada’s supply of legal cannabis continues to fall short of demand, at least in some places.

That’s annoying to non-medical users, who can’t find what they want in stores. In Quebec, the provincial cannabis retailer will now only be open four days a week due to supply shortages. In Ontario, even if shoppers find what they want on the Ontario Cannabis Store website, they’ll face a heck of a wait to actually receive it by mail.

The situation is much worse for medical cannabis users, many of whom are finding that their medicine is simply unavailable from companies that are now catering to both recreational and medical consumers.

“The criminals lied to us,” declared Ontario Finance Minister Vic Fedeli on Thursday.

Fedeli explained his logic to reporters: OCS sales projections were based on “illegal data, illegal information from illegal sales,” he said. Since that delinquent data was faulty, there’s simply no way the provincial cannabis retailer could ever have anticipated that demand would be as high as it is.

Let’s put this all into context: Everyone who’s been paying attention to cannabis legalization in Canada has known for some time now that the early supply of legal weed would never meet initial demand, at least not for all product types. Various economist types predicted this, and the media reported on it, so no one should be surprised.

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