Let’s start off by saying we at Grow Supply Shop hope this is not the case. However, there is precedent for these types of supply chain issues to affect the cultivation industry, which is still very much a young, burgeoning industry. According to this article, “Pot supply not the problem behind cannabis industry growing pains” by Joseph Hall at The Star in Toronto, supply chain issues have been “endemic” to the cannabis industry since its onset. Canada which has led the US in its progressiveness toward the use and cultivation of Cannabis has been a canary in the coal mine of sorts for the States. If you’re lucky enough to reside in any State that enjoys recreational Cannabis legalization you have surely experienced shortages in supply. This article which was published a little less than a year ago was written approximately less than a year after Cannabis became federally legal across Canada on October 17, 2018. For now, the US seems to lag behind Canada from a road map perspective.
What does this have to do with the market running out of grow supplies you might ask?
Well, simple, the Coronavirus aka COVID-19. We’re all sick and tired of hearing about it but it needs to be mentioned. The majority of manufactured goods relative to Cannabis cultivation are manufactured in China. Just as Apple will experience supply chain delays and short comings, rest assured the Cannabis cultivation industry will too. So, what do we do?
We look to Canada in the coming weeks and months to see what their supply chains look like …
In Canada, does supply meet demand? And who in particular can report on this accurately?
We don’t know, but we’re actively working to uncover this information on behalf of our business and customers.
Yes, the US Cannabis industry is more than double the size of Canada’s, however Canada has more experienced relationships and supply chains that will continue to be a leading indicator.
Again, we hope this doesn’t happen, but this is our opinion and it only seems logical that this industry will experience shortages like many others. In the meantime, we will look to our neighbors in the North to see what we can learn about what’s to come.
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