A majority of Canadian provinces are reporting cannabis supply shortages, as Canada’s licensed cannabis producers and distributors grapple to keep up with the demand for commercial cannabis. Demand for Canada’s recreational cannabis comes from customers that were already acquiring cannabis from the illicit market, and the second source of demand comes from new customers who have never used cannabis but are ready to give it a try. Several warnings about a potential shortage were circulating in the media in the run-up to legalization, but not everyone was sure the problem would manifest.
Now, industry insiders have dropped the bomb that these cannabis shortages could last for years, causing the government to lose out on hundreds of millions of dollars in potential revenue if this level of demand continues and no drastic action is taken. (Statistics Canada says Canadian spending on cannabis rose 1.1 percent in