Financial Post reports that Aphria, one of Canada’s largest licensed cannabis producers, is facing supply chain issues and won’t be able to meet the demand requested by provinces by Oct. 17, the day that marijuana becomes legal in Canada for recreational use.
The company currently has supply agreements with all 10 provinces and Yukon. Despite an initial press release stating that the producer had begun shipping orders, Aphria does not expect to have a full range of products available until early 2019.
Aphria tells Financial Post that part of the problem is that it has been facing delays in getting government-issued excise stamps delivered to its facilities. According to Financial Post, Under Canada’s Cannabis Act, all packaged cannabis products must have excise stamps with specific colors indicating the province or territory in which the product will be sold.