EDMONTON — Alberta’s hashish Crown company has stopped issuing any new pot retail licences after solely receiving 20 per cent of the inventory it ordered amid a Canada-wide provide scarcity.
The Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Hashish Fee had ordered sufficient hashish product to inventory as much as 250 leisure pot outlets for the primary six months of legalization.
“Whereas some licensed producers have fulfilled their commitments, not all have,” stated AGLC president and chief government Alain Maisonneuve in an announcement on Wednesday.
“We proceed to work with them to fill inventory. Sadly, no matter our efforts, we’re seeing the availability of most merchandise run out.”
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The fee has additionally contacted all hashish growers with federal licences to promote hashish however has had “no success” as a result of scarcity, he added.
Since Canada legalized hashish for leisure use on Oct. 17, a number of provincial authorities entities tasked with the sale and distribution of pot have stated they’re receiving much less product than anticipated and warned that shortages may final for months. Late final month, Quebec’s hashish Crown company slashed its working hours attributable to scarce pot merchandise.
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Licensed producer Cover Development Corp. stated final week it remained “on monitor to fulfill all commitments on an annualized foundation” and it was working with all its provincial and territorial companions to deal with provide shortages. Aurora Hashish Inc. stated final week it was in a position to meet “nearly all” of its provide obligations main as much as and after legalization day. The Edmonton-based pot producer stated it was ramping up manufacturing within the coming quarters, however anticipated shopper urge for food to outstrip provide for “a while.”
B.C.-based hashish producer Tilray Inc. stated final week it has explored shopping for wholesale to bridge the availability hole, however there was “far much less” pot out there than anticipated.
The lingering provide scarcity has prompted the AGLC to cease accepting new functions for hashish retail licences till additional discover as effectively.
Candidates already within the queue will obtain a full refund of all charges in the event that they wish to withdraw their requests, Maisonneuve stated.
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Alberta’s precedence is on stocking personal retailers so they are going to get nearly all of “our scarce stock,” he added.
“We’ll nonetheless keep some on-line product to permit shoppers in communities the place there are usually not any retail shops to buy on-line… I thank everybody for his or her continued endurance whereas we work by means of the nationwide scarcity of authorized hashish.”
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