rules for legal weed in Canada 2020
Legal Weed in canada is for both recreational and medicinal purposes. Medicinal use of cannabis was legalized nationwide under conditions outlined in the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations, later superseded by the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations, issued by Health Canada, and seed, grain, and fiber production was permitted under license by Health Canada. The federal Cannabis Act came into effect on 17 October 2018 and made Canada the second country in the world, after Uruguay, to formally legalize the cultivation, possession, acquisition, and consumption of cannabis and its by-products. Canada is the first G7 and G20 nations to do so.
Although the Cannabis Act allows for the legal use of cannabis, provinces, and territories are good to enact restrictions and regulations regarding the sale, distribution, and use of cannabis. For example, each province and territory set its own procedures for retail sales, and these vary as to ownership or retail outlets (by the provincial government or private enterprise) but all include an option for online sales.
While specific regulations vary among provinces and territories, there are some general rules regarding promotion, packaging, and advertising. Adult-use cannabis can only be sold in packages of a single color without graphics other than the logo and a health warning. Cannabis companies in Canada are not to promote themselves through TV commercials, billboards, or glossy magazine ads, sponsor people or events, or put their names on sports and cultural facilities.
Canada’s Weed Shortage
When marijuana became legal on October 17, online weed dispensaries and online shops around the country were flooded with customers. As a result, the legal industry got off to an explosive start.
But now, less than two weeks later, Canada’s legal weed market is failing to keep up. Provinces are already running out of cannabis. And the demand doesn’t seem to be letting up.
As a result, some medical marijuana dispensaries have had to temporarily close down. Others have scaled back the number of days and hours they are open for business. Similarly, many province-run online stores are reportedly listing many products and strains as “out of stock.”
What’s Driving the Shortage?
According to experts, there are a number of different, though closely related, reasons and explanations for Canada’s extreme cannabis shortage.
For starters, there’s the simple fact that legal weed is in high demand. On the first day of legalization, many shops around the country had lines extending out the doors. And that excitement kept up for several days in some places.
Given such high demand, shops have naturally struggled to keep product on their shelves. But the real problem comes when these shops try to order more.
As reported by Vice, provinces are the sole wholesalers of cannabis and cannabis products. And many provinces simply don’t have enough weed to keep supplying stores.