(MENAFN – AFP) High prices, short supplies and lineups at stores: six months after Canada legalized recreational cannabis, consumers are still buying a lot of pot on the black market as legal sources fail to meet demand.
But authorities say the legal market will eventually put street dealers and criminal gangs out of work, once the fledgling industry finds its footing.
“There are clearly still issues in the supply chain,” said Minister Bill Blair, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s pointman on cannabis legalization.
In October, Canada became only the second country in the world to legalize recreational cannabis, five years after Uruguay.
But six months on, people queue in long lines outside outlets, and supplies of many popular strains have dried up.
A patchwork of public and private online portals and bricks and mortar stores have popped up across the…