Pennsylvania Dispensaries Run Dry Less Than 2 Weeks After Opening
One of the biggest problems that has been seen time and time again post-legalization of cannabis is dispensaries running out of product within weeks of opening. For both medical marijuana patients and adult consumers alike, this issue has cropped up time and time again as states scramble to try and ensure enough supply to meet the initial demand. Unfortunately for patients in Pennsylvania, if they did not acquire a supply of their medicine right away, it may not be available to them to purchase anymore.
Within the first few weeks of being open for business the six dispensaries across the state of Pennsylvania have been surprised to find themselves running short of product. Some, like TerraVida Holistic Center, reported being entirely sold out only days after a shipment – and not knowing when they would be able to get their next shipment in.
“We have no inventory,” Chris Visco, TerraVida Holistic Center co-owner in Bucks County, told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “We took a shipment on Wednesday. On Thursday, we had the biggest sales day we’ve ever had. By this morning, all we had left were a handful of disposable vape pens,” a type of electronic cigarette loaded with hash oil.
Seeing as this issue has come up in multiple states, you would think more would be done to prevent such situations from occurring in the first place. However, there is not necessarily a way to determine just how high the demand will be – so when dispensary owners suddenly find themselves running out of product it can be a shock.
“One of the things we are hearing heavily from the medical marijuana community is that the flower product provides better relief in much lower dose and quantity—and it’s quicker relief,” Shalawn James, a patient advocate, says. “As a parent of a kid that has a sickle cell disease, I know the importance of curbing the pain as soon as possible.”
One way that the state is considering relieving this shortage is by amending the laws that allow only cannabis capsules, oils or vape cartridges to finally allow smokable cannabis. It will be up to the Medical Marijuana Advisory Board to determine how best to move forward on these issues – the board meets once a month so hopefully they will figure something out sooner, rather than later.