When you hear that a country has a drug problem what usually comes to mind is the typical ‘Too much use in our population’ scenario. An idea frequently pushed out through media and anti drug protesters, so it's not hard to see why many people's thoughts would automatically picture this problem first and usually you would be right. But for once Canada is proving us wrong, as their current drug problem is that they simply do not have enough.
Being the first major economy to legalise recreational marijuana, while others are still debating whether to allow even medicinal use, Canada are going to have to be in possession of a much larger supply of the drug than they previously had. Something which is claimed they are not entirely confident that they do have. They are aiming to be able to supply enough of the drug when the program passes to supply the whole demand in one and do so steadily in an attempt to push out illegal activity and the black market for the drug from their country. To meet their plans to be selling recreational marijuana like this by July 2018 they would need to increase their supplies as quickly as they can, not doing so could mean that the plans get pushed back.
The aim of Canada’s complete legalisation of the drug is to rid the country of any illicit use along with crime relating to it, keeping its population safer. For that reason, if there is not enough of the drug to go round when the program is due to be released it is likely that some may argue for it to be halted until a sufficient amount can be supplied rather than have their efforts ruined by continued illegal activity in the places their stocks couldn't reach. Canada appear to be looking at a choice between having the supplies to cater for everyone and hopefully counter their problems in one, or be forced to leave blank spots where people still have to buy illegally as they will not have access to the supplies that are legal and try and get rid of this unwanted activity over a longer period of time by slowly increasing their production.
This could serve as a good example to all people in all countries calling for complete legalisation about the trails that come with it. In countries where not even medicinal use has been accepted and there are no sites growing the drug under government control, legalising all drugs under the government's eye could still take years, if only to build up the supplies needed. The same goes for countries who have medical marijuana centres, can their growers cope with the growth of catering to the select and then suddenly to the whole country?