Honestly it’s just a supply chain issue, a major one, right from the production to the distribution. IT’S ALL public, and everyone knew it was not going to compete. There is not enough legal supply either because the good private business that get to produce have to wait for licensing and they can’t produce efficiently or responsively since the distribution is so pathetic.
Think of alcohol in Ontario, public distribution does fine, because it sells THE SHIT. “The shit” is produced and shipped reliably, and of top quality, by the worlds greatest private production businesses.
LCBO has what we want and no one else does... It is pretty much the opposite for weed.
If the government wants tax revenue then they need to fix the distribution more than anything. I know they are licensing private companies. But they are trying to rebrand strains in attempts to own the rights ect. and avoid copyright battles. They can’t do this. That like saying: “oh no you don’t want an Audi, try this new Canadian version called the Cowdy it’s just as good or better, but it will take one year before you actually get your car....” The marketing has been internationally established (or starting to be) since the 60’s and has grown to be quite sophisticated, not unlike craft beer. We know what strains we want and we know what quality different breeders/growers produce. The growing and distribution need to be timely and reliable, not strangled by licensing and rebranding, and EMBARRASSING PUBLIC DISRUBUTION. Ultimately they have implemented slow and expensive, SHIT supply chain that HAS NO CUSTOMERS DEMANDING THEIR PRODUCTS.
Ever heard of Amazon? why do you think store fronts in general are dieing. If you can’t give me top quality at a fair price within one hour I am just not interested.
We have no choice but to buy illegal and the government has no choice but to seriously change their business plan if they want to actually create a legal industry and therefore tax revenue. HIRE SOME FUCKING TALENT. Not some old tenured bureaucrat who only ever just tried his first puff!
If there was a “walmart” or an “amazon” in the distribution and A LOT more quality legal supply, I would buy legal.