“There is not enough legal marijuana to supply all of recreational demand in Canada,” said Rosalie Wyonch, a policy analyst at the CD Howe Institute.
When Colorado legalized recreational cannabis, it took three years for supply to finally catch up to demand, and Canada could expect a similar delay, said Wyonch.
Online sales make up a large component of the recreational cannabis market.
“The government will likely be successful in eliminating the black market, as long as the legal supply comes online quickly.
Otherwise, we risk potentially entrenching a black market,” said Wyonch.