MONTREAL — Canada on Wednesday turned into the first significant world economy to legalize recreational pot, starting a national experiment that will adjust the nation’s social, cultural and financial texture, and present the country with its greatest public policy challenge in decades.
Across the nation, as government pot retailers opened from Newfoundland to British Columbia, cheerful Canadians sat tight for quite a long time in line to purchase the first state-affirmed joints.
Under the new law, citizens will be allowed to carry up to 30 grams of cannabis in public and each household will be able to grow up to four marijuana plants.
Medical marijuana has been legal in Canada since 2001, and Justin Trudeau’s government has spent two years working to expand that to include recreational use.
While the laws on who can purchase and what amount vary from place to place—more on that here—Canadians were so damn eager to blaze up that they’ve already put a strain on the nation’s weed supply, reports Vice. Quebec alone counted more than 42,000 orders for bud on the very first day, as indicated by the Montreal Gazette, with numerous more individuals going home flat broke. Across the nation, cannabis items sold out rapidly in physical stores as well as online shops.
The cannabis supply will probably keep on being an issue as the interest skyrockets both in-store and on the web. Regardless of the supply issues, legalized marijuana is expected to be a good thing for our northern neighbors.
“It’s a mess. The supply is just a mess,” said Patrick Wallace, owner of the Alberta shop Waldo’s 420 Store.
Canada’s Parliament voted to legalize marijuana in June, and that decision went into effect on Wednesday, with differing rules across Canada’s provinces. The newly legal industry is expected to be worth $6.5 billion in annual sales.
Stores selling marijuana are issued licenses to do so, but even those licensed shops haven’t been able to access enough supply when it’s time to reorder. Orders store owners placed have in some cases only contained part of what was requested, and demand for that limited supply has far exceeded expectations.
Even with about 3,000 kilograms of cannabis in annual production, the Wentworth producer says it will only meet 10% of the demand in NS. pic.twitter.com/cYA2xJMzSL
— Alexa MacLean (@AlexaMacLean902) October 18, 2018
Talk about a buzzkill: supplies of legal cannabis are running out at retailers across the country.
In NL, several shops are already dry, with more expected to run out today.
The NL Liquor Corp. is scrambling to bring in more product, but it won't be easy. (THREAD) pic.twitter.com/c1mkYS6NzX
— Zach Goudie (@zachgoudie) October 18, 2018