Justin Trudeau thinks your local marijuana opposition is who you should blame for cannabis supply shortages.
One of the biggest issues plaguing the Canadian cannabis industry since it launched two months ago is lack of product to sell. The mass cannabis shortages seen across Canada have even forced some shops to close their doors since they just can't get stock on the shelves. And Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says you can thank your local government representatives for that.
"There was...so much resistance to it [legalization] from the local political classes, from, you know, the chattering classes," Trudeau said in an interview earlier this week. "They were caught flat-footed without enough of a supply."
However, Trudeau remains confident that the stock issues will be sorted out within the next year.
"It's going to take a little time to adjust but we're on the right track."
Health Canada spokesperson André Gagnon has backed Trudeau's statement, rejecting the belief that it will take much longer for stock to level out.
"As with any new industry where there is considerable consumer demand, we expect there may be periods where inventories of some products run low or, in some cases, run out," Gagnon said.
Critics of Canada's recreational cannabis legislation have been quick to blame government agencies for not doing enough to ensure that there would be sufficient stock for consumers, arguing that their failings are allowing the black market to continue to thrive.
An Ipsos survey from prior to legalization suggested as much, stating that less than 15 percent of Canadians would be moving to the legal market. However, Jennifer McLeod Macey, Ipsos Public Affairs Vice President, says she does believe the legal market will continue to gain market share in the coming years.
"I don't think it's going to change overnight," she said.
So, if you're looking for someone to blame next time you can't buy your preferred strain from the local marijuana store, just remember, Trudeau doesn't think it should be him.