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BC’s Cannabis Wholesaler Says It’s ‘Not Equipped’ to Handle Clones

In all provinces except Manitoba and Quebec, Canadians gained the right to legally grow their own cannabis last October 17. In theory.

In practice, because Canadians are only allowed to grow cannabis grown from legal seeds or cuttings, and at first none were for sale, home growing didn’t really become legal right away—a delay that boosted sales of illicit seeds.

Just before Christmas, Newfoundland offered the first legal clones for sale. Soon after, in the new year, seeds appeared in both Alberta and Ontario—but that gave rise to complaints that growing from seeds isn’t how cannabis usually works, since most cultivators have traditionally grown from clones.

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As seeds have appeared in stores across Canada, they’ve been relatively limited in numbers, and like dry flower, they’re noticeably more expensive on the legal market. Cultivators have long hoped for the number of seeds to increase and decrease in price, and for clones to become available in a wider variety of Canadian stores.

In BC, they’ll have to wait a little longer. This week, BC’s cannabis retailers learned provincial cannabis distributor the Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) has concluded its distribution centre “is not equipped to receive, store, or ship clones, as they require significant resources and care to ensure product quality for the end customer.”

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A spokesperson from LDB said without clones distributed through its system, the only way for British Columbians to legally buy clones would be if they could buy directly from LPs—except provincial law prohibits LPs from bypassing the LDB distribution system.

Saskatchewan will likely be the next province in which clones are available, while the Ontario Cannabis Store recently reiterated its request that LPs “identify their ability to supply a wide variety of cannabis products, including clones and seeds.”

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Jesse B. Staniforth

Jesse Staniforth reports on cannabis, food safety, and Indigenous issues. He is the former editor of WeedWeek Canada.

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