Pot customers frustrated by shortages in parts of Nova Scotia
Two weeks after cannabis legalization, demand for pot is outpacing supply in Nova Scotia with some store shelves completely empty.
The only outlet in Cape Breton shut down for nine hours this week because it simply didn’t have enough weed.
Shoppers in nearby Sydney River, N.S. were able to purchase pot but some weren’t satisfied with the limited selection.
“I just had to get whatever they had there, pretty much,” said customer Alex Musgrave. “(You) just take what you can get now, until they stock back up. They're really low.”
Retailers and producers have seen a huge appetite for legal weed since Oct. 17, but some stores have had a tough time keeping up.
Beverly Ware, a spokesperson for the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC), which legally sells cannabis, said having a full stock has become a concern.
“The issue we are dealing with is supply. So our priority is to get that supply secured and to receive the inventory we ordered back in August,” she told CTV Atlantic.
“Understandably, it's taken licensed producers some time to be able to get fully up and running and be able to meet their commitments,” she said. Ware added she’d like the supply chain to run smoothly before making any adjustments to NSLC’s operations.
After the only dispensary in Cape Breton temporarily shut down, some shoppers suggested that setting up new locations on the island would ease the province’s growing pains.
One of them told CTV Atlantic that having a new pot shop in Whitney Pier, a popular urban neighbourhood in Cape Breton, would be “the best location.”
Rita MacLellan, another consumer, said there were more than enough people who’d be interested.
“There's so many people on this island, there should be more (stores here),” she said. “There should be one in Sydney, North Sydney, Glace Bay. I think there should be many.”
Ware said says NSLC didn’t have a timeline for significant adjustments to their operations.
With a report from CTV Atlantic’s Kyle Moore