Source – https://www.civilized.life/articles/feds-say-theres-no-cannabis-supply-shortage-in-canada-so-why-are-shops-always-short-on-pot/
Ever since recreational cannabis was legalized last October, Canadian retailers have struggled to keep their shelves stocked with marijuana. Some stores have reduced their staff, cut back on their hours of operation or closed down altogether due to inventory problems. But instead of offering help, the federal government is dismissing the issue. Simply put, there is no cannabis supply shortage, according to federal regulators.
“As of the end of December, total inventories of cannabis…were nearly 18 times greater than monthly sales,” Tammy Jarbeau – a senior spokeswoman for Health Canada – told the Calgary Herald. “There is not—as some have suggested—a national shortage of supply of cannabis.”
Jarbeau was referring to a recently released report on the state of cannabis inventory in Canada, which showed there is way more weed sitting in warehouses and production facilities than is actually reaching consumers. In December, the total nationwide sales of dried cannabis equaled 7,252 kg while total oil sales came in at 7,127 litres. Meanwhile, the “total inventory of dried cannabis (finished and unfinished) held by cultivators, processors, distributors and retailers stood at 128,321 kg at the end of December.”
Based on those numbers, there should be more than enough cannabis to not only meet but exceed demand.
But what’s happening on the ground tells a different story. Just last week, a private cannabis retailer in Newfoundland shuttered its doors because the owner could not get enough stock to stay afloat. At the same time, Quebec’s cannabis stores continue to be open for only four days a week because of inventory shortages. And New Brunswick’s provincially owned chain of cannabis retailers has laid off some 60 employees due to their inability to meet market demand.
Yet the federal government insists that the problem isn’t with supply—it’s with distribution. Last week, Bill Blair – Canada’s Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction – tweeted that provinces need to sort out their distribution problems in order to keep stores well stocked.