The B.C. pot industry could see its own Dr. Seuss in the form of “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”.
Pot companies and producers say extreme weather has meant growers are unable to get the needed supplies of certain items such as fertilizers and freeze-resistant insulation to the plants that need it to survive the tough winter weather.
Some pot businesses are even saying they may have to buy extra pot to satisfy demand because of short supplies.
In June, an unusually warm winter that resulted in warm, dry soil produced one of the worst drought conditions in decades in northern B.C. It’s also a concern in Quebec where growers say the risk of damage to crops caused by widespread freezing during the winter months is a factor in the current shortage of indoor marijuana.
B.C. is also preparing for cannabis shortages in the aftermath of the federal government’s decision to allow recreational pot to be smoked publicly for the first time on October 17.
The province has been revising its regulations so companies can transport pot across provincial boundaries without having to go through B.C. but the province is expecting the supply of pot across the country to be limited once it opens.