CAN (BC): Extreme weather causes disruption to cannabis supply chain

B.C.'s cannabis industry is bracing for difficulties with getting products to distributors and stores after storms, massive floods and mudslides hit the province this week.

Several cannabis companies say portions of their facilities are submerged in water, communities where their pot shops are located have been evacuated, and some major roads they use to transport products have been completely wiped out.

While a lot of cannabis travels by truck across the province, so many roads being washed out mean that is no longer an option for many deliveries, said Lisa Campbell, chief executive at cannabis marketing company Mercari Agency.

The companies expect it will take longer than usual for products to make it to consumer's hands as the stormy conditions hamper deliveries, drive up costs, and make their already slim margins on many products even thinner. "It's one of those things that is devastating to a business," said Alex Read, president of Jima Cannabis.

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