Jennawae Cavion, co-owner of Calyx + Trichomes Cannabis in Kingston, Ontario says she expects it won’t be until the end of the year, at the earliest, before she is fully recovered and her shelves fully replenished.
Independent retailers say they’re bearing the biggest brunt of these shortfalls.
Jennawae Cavion, founder and CEO of Kingston, Ont. retailer Calyx+Trichomes, told the National Post they had to temporarily shutter one of their two outlets just to stay in business.
“It’s really scary to have your entire livelihood in the hands of people who are pointing fingers at other people,” she said.
Shop owner Jennawae Cavion says it’s unfortunate and paints a poor portrait of the market in Ontario and Canada, which is the first G7 country to legalize recreational cannabis.
Jennawae McLean, the co-founder of Calyx + Trichomes, a cannabis store chain in Kingston, Ont. said budtenders leave their jobs for a variety of reasons.
Many are drawn to the sector because they think cannabis has a “cool factor,” but later realize the job can be as tedious and public-facing as other retail positions.
“It’s really disheartening to see. There’s a human toll to all these announcements,” says NORML Canada executive Jennawae McLean, who is also a retail store owner in Kingston, Ont.
“All licensed producers are in austerity mode. They are all trying to save, and the budget for staff has become much less. The budget for staffing has become a lot less because they’re limited in where they can save.”
Jennawae McLean, the co-owner of Calyx + Trichomes Cannabis and the Executive Director of NORML Canada, says she agrees with the idea of opening up the limit to at least allow producers to sell more than 10mg per package, even if the potency on individual servings stays the same.
“I hope that infrastructure is put into place so this is avoided in the future, because this is not something that we should, as a private sector, be dealing with when we’re dealing with a government entity – we should be able to trust that our data is being taken care of.”
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