Business and commercial: Lack of cannabis on legal market

Apparently there isn't nearly enough legal cannabis available for consumers. In business and commercial news, since cannabis use became legal earlier in October, supplies have been limited in Ontario, which, experts say, may push many back to the black market for their pot purchases.  The provincial government is citing unbelievably high demand and labour rumblings at Canada Post for the issues.

Ontario received more online orders for marijuana within 24 hours of legalization than all other provinces combined, according to the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS). Despite the large numbers of orders, the OCS says it will be able to meet the demand and has already increased capacity to meet that demand. Meanwhile, Canada Post began rotating strikes at many of its outlets, slowing down shipments.

Ontario opposition parties, however, are suggesting that delays may force consumers to the black market to purchase cannabis. That is something the government doesn't want to happen. But the OCS is currently the only legal retailer of cannabis in the province. Private shops will be opening starting in April next year, but Toronto has shut down 11 illegal dispensaries since legalization on Oct. 17.

The business and commercial world in Ontario never sleeps. There is always something happening and residents who want to get in on what's new and perhaps cutting-edge -- such as venturing into the retail world of cannabis -- might do well to enlist the advice of a lawyer. There are many legalities enmeshed with doing business in the province and a lawyer will be able to offer guidance to his or her clients looking to get involved in business or commercial endeavours.

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