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What if Ontario opens too many retail pot shops? Lessons learned from Oregon

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Well we certainly don’t have this problem today in Ontario.. With only 25 shops to open in April and a severe supply crisis right across Canada, there is good reason to take things slow on the supply and demand side of the argument to how quickly the province should roll out a full retail plan. From producers destroying marijuana plants, to empty pot dispensaries on every corner.. some things to consider

When Oregon legalized recreational marijuana, the state decided to make the market as free and accessible as possible. It didn’t cap licenses, or restrict access to people living in state. It also made entry super cheap—growing licenses in Oregon go for as little as $1,000, compared to tens of thousands of dollars just across the border in California.

Watch – What Happens When A State Grows Way Too Much Weed

The hope was to make it as easy as possible for everyone to get in on the new and exciting market. And it worked really well. Too well, in fact.

Fast forward just a few years, and Oregon now has a serious problem on its hands. The roughly 1,100 licensed producers growing weed right now are growing way too much—about twice what the state is actually consuming. And that’s creating all sorts of problems. Unless, of course, you’re a consumer. Then it’s awesome.

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