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As it moves to legalized recreational marijuana, Canada is facing a potential weed shortage

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Demand for legal weed in Canada, both for medicinal and recreational use, is estimated to reach 575 tonnes (633 US tons) in 2021, equal to C$6 billion (US$4.5 billion) in sales.

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But Canada’s marijuana industry does not seem to be ready to produce so much weed.

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The number of medicinal users increased so much, from 23,930 in early 2015 to 167,750 this year, that some are already facing difficulties in finding the drug.

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Things could get worse as the Canadian government carries on with its plan of legalizing weed for recreational use, further increasing demand.

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Canada’s health department promised to be faster in giving licenses to growers. And marijuana companies are boosting production.

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One of them, Organigram, is going from making 6 tonnes in 2017 to 26 tonnes in 2018, according to Bloomberg.

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Canada’s main goal in legalizing weed is ending the black market. But that won’t happen if the legal supply is too low and people turn to drug dealers.

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