Why is legal pot in such short supply?

The supply/demand issue is partly because the state of Washington hit a speed bump in licensing plans

VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN 6) — Why is the demand for legal marijuana greater than the supply? The quick answer is a speed bump.

Brian Stroh of CannaMan Farms, the only legal marijuana growing facility in Clark County, Washington, July 18, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Brian Stroh of CannaMan Farms, the only legal marijuana growing facility in Clark County, Washington, July 18, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

Brian Stroh of CannaMan Farms, the only legal growing facility in Clark County, said the supply/demand issue is partly because the state of Washington hit a speed bump in licensing plans.

“What happened,” Stroh told KOIN 6 News, “is there was about a six-week period of time where there were a number of us that were ready to be licensed and suddenly we’re on hold until they figured out how to rectify the situation.”

When stores opened July 8, he had only produced about four pounds of marijuana. It takes about 10 weeks from when a plant first seeds until it ends up in a retail outlet — and they just didn’t have the time necessary.

Now, CannaMan Farms is ramping up toward peak production. By mid-August, he said, he expects to produce about 30 pounds per month.

Brian Stroh of CannaMan Farms, the only legal marijuana growing facility in Clark County, Washington, July 18, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Brian Stroh of CannaMan Farms, the only legal marijuana growing facility in Clark County, Washington, July 18, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

The marijuana growing process is very involved. There are many steps before dry trimming — the last step before testing and packaging for retail stores.

“What those retailers can sell through in comparison to what we can provide, there’s just too wide a disparity right now,” he said. “If we had started a little bit earlier we wouldn’t have the issue right now.”

He said he is contacted by retailers on a daily basis.

“I feel bad for them and I know where they’re at, especially the ones that are just now getting licensed. Because the ones that have been licensed  in that first group, they have forged a lot of these relationships.”

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