Saskatchewan shops face cannabis short­age

The Globe and Mail (Prairie Edition) - - NEWS -

A weed short­age means most mar­i­juana stores in Saskatchewan will not be ready to open on Wed­nes­day when recre­ational mar­i­juana be­comes le­gal.

The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gam­ing Author­ity (SLGA) es­ti­mates only about 20 per cent of re­tail­ers will open.

Spokesman David Mor­ris says only 10 to 12 lo­ca­tions out of 51 mar­i­juana re­tail­ers across the prov­ince may be ready.

Ge­off Conn says he wants to open his Saska­toon store, The Pot Shack, on Oct. 17, but he doesn’t have enough sup­ply. He says he has less than half of what he needs and would have to close within a few days if he opened the doors.

Mr. Conn says Saskatchewan is at the bot­tom of the sup­ply chain for mar­i­juana. In Al­berta and Bri­tish Columbia, re­tail out­lets have to buy from the govern­ment.

“In Saskatchewan it’s up to us, the re­tail­ers, to make those ar­range­ments and agree­ments,” Mr. Conn said Thurs­day. “There’s an is­sue with sup­ply. I think some of the grow­ers have over­es­ti­mated what they have avail­able.”

The SLGA says Saskatchewan re­tail­ers are still un­der­go­ing the per­mit process, in­clud­ing en­sur­ing shops have ap­pro­pri­ate se­cu­rity and pass in­ven­tory reg­u­la­tions.

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