The supply chain for cannabis products in Canada appears to be fairly simple, however, there are many processes within this chain – such as lab testing, packing and shipping – which all add to the cost.
Despite the popular narrative that government regulations make it almost impossible for licensed providers (LPs) to brand their products, many LPs are finding creative and innovative ways to get their story out, which suggests the doom and gloom has been overblown.
Ontario’s flow-through program, which will allow retailers to order products not stocked in OCS warehouse, has been undergoing a complex platform development phase that involves both LPs and retailers.
According to Headset Canadian Insights, last year pre-rolls were the second-largest product category in Canada, with a 17% market share. As of June 2021, pre-rolls have upped their national share to 19.3%.
The cannabis industry has been criticized for poor environmental practices. One area where there’s been some buzz has been around vape recycling. However, this is a complex process that comes with its fair share of challenges.
In Canada, there are a variety of products to serve both the recreational and medical market, but determining the shelf life can be a guessing game. In attempting to address the issue, Health Canada regulations employ some odd double-speak wherein expiry dates on some products are required – unless they can’t be.
After Canada legalized cannabis, Health Canada rolled out packaging regulations with strict requirements for logos, colours, and branding. The industry has complied, and some think that Canada’s regulations could become a role model for other jurisdictions.
The hop latent viroid (HLVd) is an infectious pathogen which causes disease in cannabis plants. It first came to the cannabis industry’s notice in California back in 2018. Now, the viroid has taken hold in Canada.
In Canada, cannabis is taxed at 10% of the dried flower selling price. Approximatelh 25% of this revenue goes to the federal government, and 75% to a provincial or territorial government. Some are saying the system is broken.