The other issue is that a cannabis shortage provides the perfect opportunity for the black market to step in and illegally fill the gap. Trudeau has already proposed low taxes to keep pricing comparable between legal and black market weed, but if there’s not enough supply, there’s little that can be done. Even with the four Canadian producers listed above expanding their grow capacity considerably, it’d be a stretch to assume that all four will be up and running at full steam by July 2018. Here’s the not-so-secret reason why Canada has this odd marijuana issue Recently, Health Canada announced a number of changes to its medical marijuana program. With just 44 licenses issued, the regulatory agency that’s in charge of overseeing the welfare of its country’s citizens announced that it would approve more grow licenses and allow pot producers to Medical marijuana stocks essentially fill up their vaults as long as it could be done safely and securely. On the surface, this move by Health Canada seems to be a reaction to the idea that recreational marijuana could soon be approved. But dig a bit deeper and you’ll find there’s more to it than that. The real reason we could witness a marijuana shortage if Canada’s recreational weed bill passes is because a handful of Canadian medical cannabis producers have been exporting their product overseas. There are more than two dozen countries in the world with legal medical cannabis programs, but only Canada and the Netherlands have producers that are legally allowed to export their product to these countries. There are four Canadian producers that are currently exporting, including Canopy Growth, Aphria, Cronos Group, and Tilray. Germany provides the perfect example.