How Many Canadians Will Take Up Pot When It’s Legal?

Do you smoke pot? Do you plan to start when it becomes legal in Canada? It’s estimated that 4-6 million Canadians will smoke cannabis when it is sold legally in stores starting next July. However, if you are planning on being there when the doors open on July 1st, don’t be surprised if the place sells out quickly. There are currently 170,000 people using medical marijuana in this country and the suppliers often run out. Although new growing areas are being prepared and plants cultivated, it is still clear that there will not be nearly enough ready to meet the demand that legalization will create.

Unfortunately, this will not be a short-lived problem. Using the United States as an example, in the parts of that country where recreational marijuana is legal, it took 2-3 years before growers were producing enough to meet the demand. That means a lot of people are going to be very disappointed come July 1st next year. As of this writing, it’s not even clear yet whether stores will even be open in every province.

While this will eventually pay off for the Ontario government, which is only allowing pot sales in stores they run, the main goal of legalization will still be a way’s away: halting the criminal activity and dangers associated with underground marijuana.

In the meantime, people will continue to buy from their dealers. We will also wager than hardcore pot aficionados will have complaints about the government dope, specifically, that its THC level is too low. And you can forget about edibles: those won’t be on offer until at least July 1st, 2019.

What is your plan? Do you want to stand in line and be among the first (and only) to get legal weed on July 1st? We suggest bringing some munchies along because you will be in a very long line.