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The massive demand that cannabis retailers have experienced for their products since legalization has sparked major shortages in Alberta.

When Canada first legalized marijuana, one of the two Calgary dispensaries that were opened were forced to scale back its hours to ensure it wouldn't run out of strains. Now, the problem has gotten much worse, as more retailers have opened up and are finding they need to temporarily shut down as they await new shipments.

Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis (AGLC) has said it is aware of the issue and doing what it can to help, but there is simply not enough stock from the licensed producers. To ensure each retailer has equal opportunity, the government body is planning on allocating a set amount of stock to all retailers in the province.

According to Niaz Nejad, vice-president of the AGLC, "Everybody is having challenges, everyone is trying to supply a finite amount of cannabis for a very, very, large initial demand."

The government of Alberta estimates there will be more than 250 retailers across Alberta by the end of next year, and according to Nejad, there's no telling how much time it would take to even out the supply and pace it with demand.

Source: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/alberta-cannabis-retail-sales-calgary-stores-struggle-1.4902120

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