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Month into pot legalization, producers say kinks almost ironed out

Last Updated Nov 16, 2018 at 12:35 pm PDT

Marijuana plants are pictured during a tour of Canopy Growth Corp., formerly Tweed Marijuana. in Smiths Falls, Ont., on Thursday, January 21, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Canopy Growth Corp., Canada's largest marijuana company, says problem has been with delivery, not supply

Pot producers looking ahead to legalization of marijuana edibles, expected next October

OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – The first month of recreational marijuana legalization is almost in the bag.

The system will hit that milestone on Saturday and despite a rocky start — particularly with getting the product in the hands of consumers — producers say greener pastures are on the way.

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Canopy Growth Corp., the country’s largest marijuana company, says the problem has been with delivery, not supply.

“It was really just being able to process that many jars, that many trucks, that many orders all in a short period of time,” said Jordan Sinclair, Vice President.

The industry is now hitting its stride according to Sinclair, who expects the system to run smoothly by the end of the year or early next year.

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But there are new challenges ahead as the legalization of edible marijuana products looms. Sinclair says what can and can’t be sold, and what system should be used to determine concentration, are still up in the air.

“We need a lot of time in the background, it’s hard to set up a new production line, it’s hard to build a business around a new set of regulations,” Sinclair added.

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“People like these products, people are buying them in the black market and you know, as a business we’ve been tasked with having a good option, a good alternative to that black market so we have to be able to offer the same products.”

Edibles will be available for legal sale by next October.