The Ford government and its online marijuana retailer are refusing to provide basic factual information about staffing levels at the Ontario Cannabis Store and its warehouse, raising questions about the reasons behind its delays in shipping pot.
All of Ontario’s legal weed is being stashed at one warehouse, operated by an unnamed private company contracted by the Ontario Cannabis Store, in a location that’s being kept secret for obvious security reasons.
The province’s weed retailer struggled to handle the volume of 150,000 orders placed in the week following legalization, with many delays reported. So CBC News tried to find out if under-staffing contributed to the delays, which officials are blaming on unexpectedly high demand.
Neither the finance minister nor the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) will say how many people are working at the warehouse or for this Crown corporation overall.
“I know that there continue to be some issues [with shipments] but I’m very confident actually that the Ontario Cannabis Store is working through these, it’s a brand new business,” said Finance Minister Vic Fedeli