Orders starting to get through after flooding, mudslides

Published on November 26, 2021 by oz. staff

Photo: BC gov't Flicker
This photo from the BC government shows the devastation of flooding in the Fraser Valley. The rain storm two weeks ago damaged all highways connecting the Lower Mainland to the Interior.

Cannabis orders are beginning to trickle in to Interior BC retailers, two weeks after highways were destroyed by flooding and landslides.

Some highways are open for essential travel between the Interior and the Lower Mainland—where the BC Liquor Distribution Branch’s only cannabis warehouse is located. However, the BCLDB warned this week that retailers should still expect delays.

“Due to continued heavy shipment volumes and network congestion, we anticipate further delays to ALL shipments,” says the BCLDB on its wholesale website.

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“While orders are continuing to flow through our cannabis distribution centre, they may not arrive in their regular delivery windows.”

The BCLDB says it’s working with carriers to address delivery challenges.

There is some concern among retailers that more Interior BC cannabis shoppers have been turning to unlicensed stores because licensed ones are short on new stock.

Some retailers and producers have mused the solution is to cut out the BCLDB as middleman and allow LPs to sell directly to stores.