Alberta suspends licensing for new retail cannabis locations due to pot shortage

Cannabis shortage leaving Alberta retail shelves empty, AGLC said

Marijuana is legalized in Canada on Oct. 17, 2018. (Wikimedia Commons)

Alberta is suspending the issuing of new retail licences and will not accept new applications due to an ongoing national marijuana shortage.

They said that they’ve only received 20 per cent of the cannabis that was originally ordered to support more than 250 stores for the first six months of legalization.

Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC) is working with suppliers to fulfill their commitment, but “unfortunately, regardless of our efforts, we are seeing the supply of most products run out.”

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“Our priority is to ensure private Alberta retailers are supported. We will continue to allocate the majority of our scarce inventory to private retailers,” read a release from Alain Maisonneuve, President and CEO of Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis.

All applicants at the various stages of the licensing process will receive a full refund, the AGLC said, should they wish to withdraw from the application process.

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