Since cannabis became legal in October 2018 it seems that no one wants to regularly buy legal cannabis in Canada. There are millions of buds being destroyed each and every year since it has happened. Reports have come out as recently as last year that legal producers have only been able to sell 20% of their crops to customers.
It’s a great question to ask why no one owns their cannabis products and why they are unable to sell much of what they are growing, manufacturing, and overall trying to sell in stores. In our local area we see many of these legal companies going out of business in less than three years in business. What it comes down to is that no one is buying legal weed.
Here are some of the biggest reasons that no one wants legal weed, in Canada even though it is easy to find, buy in most Canadian Provinces.
Buying Legal Weed of Poor Quality
The legal weed industry has been plagued with very poor quality cannabis. In some provinces it’s like opening a jack in the box. Customers can not open, look at or check the quality of what they are buying from the retailers. Customers were used to the illegal cannabis market, where they could see, smell and check out what they were buying before they bought it.
Opening cannabis in the country was like opening a surprise pack. Surprise, your cannabis looks, tastes and smells like hay. If the customer opened the pack, and it was great, they would buy more only to find that the next few grams were back to poor quality.
People Got Burnt Upfront With Poor Quality Medical Cannabis
Many of the same companies in Canada were selling medical cannabis before cannabis was legalized recreational in 2018. The quality of their products was a toss up depending on the company that customers order medical cannabis from. Many of these customers decided not to go to the recreational market after legalization. They had already found a good medical supplier for their medical needs. The patiences that couldn’t find a descendant supplier of medical cannabis were no more likely to find one in the recreational market either.
In the end they ended up buying from the underground market where they were able to access a quality supply of cannabis from growers with years of experience in the cultivation fields.
Lack of Supply Early On after Legalization, Prevented People from Buying Legal Weed
It was no secret that early one after legalization there was a very poor supply of quality cannabis products on the markets. Reports of poor quality cannabis plagued social media for months after legalization. Pictures of cannabis that looked like hay, very poor quality buds, were many.
This turned off many cannabis customers to legal cannabis products. Many customers reported getting products that were extremely weak, such as editiables. Any quality products would sell off the shelves in days preventing customers from getting any cannabis products of quality.
This turned many cannabis users away from the cannabis market immediately after legalization. Many of those customers either never bought products from the legal market or stopped after getting burned a few times.
Too Many Large Producers Putting Out Poor Products
In the ramp up to legal cannabis many very large licensed producers were buying up growing facilities like hot plates. Growing tons of very poor quality cannabis buds. Once legalization hit they pumped all this very poor quality cannabis into the market.
This did two things, like we mentioned above it turned many people off their products and legal cannabis. It also buried many smaller legal cannabis growers right out of the gate.
A Perfect Example of This
A great example of this effect was former cannabis cultivation and farm owner Adam Webster. Mr. Webster started his cannabis farm called Annapolis Valley Craft Cannabis in 2019. After two successful crops that this farmer could not sell in 2022 he had to call it quits for his cannabis company after putting in hundreds of hours, thousands of dollars and never making a single sale of his products.
Hundreds of microprocessors are still entering the business only to get driven out by large producers, producing extremely poor quality cannabis products. In the article it is stated that the local seller of the products, Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation, “consumers just aren’t interested in outdoor craft cannabis, which tends to have less of the active ingredient, THC.”
This statement is actually incorrect, as outdoor cannabis has been proven many times over to be more potent than the same plants grown indoors.
Mr. Webster ultimately ended up giving his cannabis crop away for free.
Growing Quality Cannabis wasn’t as Easy as Legal Cannabis Growers Thought
Many of these companies jumped into the market with little to no cannabis growing experience to be successful. Many growers saw a cash cow waiting for them on the other side of legalization that never came. Even being a farmer for years can not prepare someone to grow top quality cannabis buds.
The majority of the market is growing and selling the flowers, so growing subpar cannabis buds and grinding them up doesn’t appeal to anyone. Some thought it was free money, as stocks were soaring, but there were zero income streams to back any of this fake market up. High stock prices, no money and poor products, who could have seen it coming?
Governments Making the Most Money from Legalization
Thanks to many issues in the Cannabis Act, the only one making money from cannabis is the government. This isn’t a surprise to many as the government, repeating the benefits of their own legalization schemes is nothing new. The Cannabis Act is now being reopened for changes and review, however the whole act is worthless and discriminatory to small cannabis producers getting into the market and becoming successful.
The Cannabis Act should be repealed, it is time to truly legalize cannabis once and for all not just to governments, and big companies.
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