Recreational cannabis will become legal next week, but outlets to buy legal weed will be sparse in many areas of the country, according to a report from Bloomberg. On October 17, Canada will legalize the recreational use and sale of cannabis nationwide under Bill C-45, which was passed by Parliament this summer.
Few retail stores will be open and ready to sell cannabis on the first day of legalization. In British Columbia, only one retail store will be open on Oct. 17. The countries most populated province, Ontario, will have none. Alberta expects to have 17 retail stores open and Saskatchewan expects a similar number. Officials in Quebec and Nova Scotia predict 12 stores will be open in each of those provinces.
Pot May Be in Short Supply
Jason Zandberg, an analyst with PI Financial, said that legal cannabis may not be easy to find once it’s legal in Canada.
“There just isn’t that much product that’s going to be available day one,” said Zandberg.
Products available for sale at the onset of legalization will be in short supply. Cannabis producers may not be able to fill the initial demand and products are expected to be limited to flower and