Local cannabis stores feeling inventory shortage

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Cannabis stores in Northern B.C. are still being affected by supply chain issues due to …

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Cannabis stores in Northern B.C. are still being affected by supply chain issues due to the flooding in the lower mainland.

FSJ Hive Cannabis manager Christine O’Keefe says the inventory issues that have been plaguing businesses throughout the province are also impacting her store.

“[The inventory] has just not arrived. It’s core items, thankfully there was a little foresight involved and I had enough to make it last,” O’Keefe said.

The cannabis industry has been experiencing supply chain issues since early November, due to the extreme weather in B.C.

Alex Read, president of Victoria’s Jima Cannabis, worries that cannabis retailers will have a difficult time contending with disruptions as deliveries can’t be handled by just anyone.

Logan Dunn, CEO of micro cultivator Dunn Cannabis of Abbotsford, says the recovery time could be lengthy and costly as these disruptions take place just months after cannabis farmers in the province faced extreme heat and wildfires.

The BC Liquor Distribution Board says they’re working closely with vendors to limit disruptions to customers. However, the recent challenges experienced throughout the province may result in delivery delays for wholesale customers in Fort St. John.

The LDB has been and will continue to make concerted efforts to work with vendors and freight carriers to maintain regular service levels and we appreciate their patience during this time. We continue to keep our customers informed and are taking steps to resume regular service as quickly and as safely as possible,” said a spokesperson for the LDB.

With files from the Canadian Press

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