Article by Patrick Cain, Global News
a recent poll is anything to go by, over six million Canadians who don’t smoke (or vape, or ingest) marijuana now plan to try it when it’s legal starting next July.
Any way you look at it, that’s a lot of pot. Expected national demand under recreational legalization is in the range of 650,000 kilograms a year, the Parliamentary Budget Officer pointed out in a report last fall. (The report predicted shortages.)
Will there be enough? Only if governments move beyond the existing licenced producers to small-scale grey market producers, argues Ian Dawkins of the Cannabis Commerce Association of Canada.
“Unless the federal government finds a way to give licences to the craft producers, then absolutely there will be cannabis shortages on Day 1,” he says.
“The idea that this limited number of licenced producers could increase their production by 20 or 30 times in one year, and there won’t be any difficulties, is laughable.”
The organization represents about 100 small- and medium-sized growers and dispensaries, mostly in B.C.