New cannabis licence rules could make Canada’s supply shortage even worse

Canada’s changes to its cannabis licensing requirements may make the country’s persistent pot shortage worse, not better, according to some in the industry.

The Canadian government said last week that it will now require applicants for cannabis cultivation, processing or sales licenses to have a fully built site before they apply. The goal is to alleviate the huge backlog that’s built up since Canada legalized recreational pot in October. About 614 applications were waiting in the queue as of March 31, according to a Health Canada spokeswoman.

Meanwhile Canada is dealing with a nationwide shortage of pot that has led some provinces like Ontario to restrict store openings.

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