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'Slight improvement' in cannabis supply says NSLC

Pot with higher THC and cannabis oils with higher levels of CBD are popular and sell out quickly
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NSLC Cannabis store on Clyde St. (Meghan Groff/HalifaxToday.ca)

A shortage in the supply of cannabis is an ongoing issue across the country, but a spokesperson with the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation says there have been some slight improvements in this province.

Beverley Ware told NEWS 95.7's The Rick Howe Show that's because the NSLC has been adding products from new producers once they get their licences.

"The product that we carry has to go through very extensive testing from Health Canada and there are tight regulations in place, so there's a process to follow with the legal market," she explained. "It's going to take some time for that supply chain to get running smoothly."

According to Ware, pot with higher THC and cannabis oils with higher levels of CBD are popular and sell out quickly.

"We can't always carry exactly the specific strain they're looking for, but in pretty much all cases we're able to provide them with an alternative."

The NSLC placed its first cannabis order in Aug. 2017 with 14 vendors. 

It currently carries products from 17 vendors, 5 of which are based in the Maritimes.

"They've been able to allow us to make a significant difference here in the last couple of weeks in terms of our ability to meet demand," she said. "They're providing us with good quality products and our customers are liking them."

When pot became legal on Oct. 17, Nova Scotian produced cannabis couldn't be found on store shelves because local suppliers weren't yet ready to go.

Breathing Green Solutions in the Wentworth Valley obtained its license on Oct. 16 and its products were available for purchase by the end of that month.

Antigonish's Highland Grow sent its first shipment to the NSLC in early January.

"There are still some [vendors] that will be coming on and we're going to be really excited to be able to carry their products as soon as they're licensed and that's going to help with demand," said Ware.

The NSLC will be releasing its sales figures next Tuesday.




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