ANALYSIS: Legal pot supply depends on how high you want to get
Over six months after cannabis legalization, your selection of marijuana at provincial dispensaries isn't quite as slim as it seems — that is, if you're willing to smoke weed that won't get you quite as high.
An industry analysis by The Globe & Mail this weekend found that products low in THC content are available relatively consistently through legal outlets, but that suppliers are unable to keep up with demand for cannabis products that are higher in THC content.
THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol, is the psychoactive element of the cannabis plant. A product with a higher THC content will get a user more high than a product with a lower THC content.
The Globe analysis followed weekly cannabis orders at a group of several dispensaries in Edmonton, Alta. The stores sold out of the entirety of their high-THC product within hours of it arriving on-site, but their mid- and low-THC products were available through the rest of the week with little issue.
At Quebec's provincial cannabis monopoly, the situation is thought to be largely similar. SQDC outlets are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays to give the dispensary chain time to catch its stockrooms up with high demand for cannabis.
On the monopoly's website, around a third of the products classified as "strong" (meaning high-THC) are in stock as of Sunday evening. By contrast, at least half of the products classified as "moderate" or "medium" (meaning low- or medium-THC) were in stock.
The Société québécoise du cannabis could not be immediately reached for comment.