Medical Marijuana Shop Owner Warns of ‘Upcoming Gap in Supply’ Following Legalization

Article by Clare Hennig, CBC News

Medical marijuana shop owner warns of 'upcoming gap in supply' following legalization After licensing, only marijuana from the B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch can legally be sold Clare Hennig · CBC News. When the federal Liberal government announced it would be legalizing marijuana, it left it up to the provinces to license the product and oversee its distribution and sale. In B.C., only marijuana from the Liquor Distribution Branch can be sold for recreational use. (CBC News)

Recreational marijuana is set to be legalized in Canada by the summer but one medical marijuana shop owner is concerned that could paradoxically mean less cannabis is available for the first few months.

James Whitehead owns three Medijuana Dispensaries and the recently opened Cannabis Medical Centre in Victoria.

“I do foresee an upcoming gap in supply,” he told Gregor Craigie, the host of CBC’s On The Island.

Whitehead said there is still confusion among dispensary owners as to what will be required to obtain a non-medical cannabis retail licence and whether having owned an illegal dispensary previously will have a negative impact.

One thing is clearly laid out in the province’s Private Retail Licensing Guide though: once a licence is granted, only cannabis obtained from the B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch can be legally sold on the shelves.

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