(CNN) — The good news for cannabis growers across British Columbia is a new sector is giving the province’s rural regions a steady local cash crop to keep their economy afloat and rent-paying craft breweries filling their taps with craft beer.
The bad news? They have probably already run out of pot at home.
By 2020, the province of B.C. plans to have legalized recreational marijuana sales, which could be more difficult than it sounds because the weather has turned. Rainy season weed is not going to find its way to a dispensary’s shelves.
This past winter was mild and extremely wet across much of the province. And this year — while you can count on it being dry up there in the north — it has been the wetest since 2005.
“We’re already seeing a lot of challenges with our plants,” Tim Edwards, owner of Pain Management BC and one of the largest pot growers in the province, told the media. “Things like this can be very unpredictable.”
“It can be very cloudy and muddy … and that can be quite damaging to a marijuana plant,” added the media, offering that all of this summer’s pot shortages will be a battle of the bears — the creatures that have stolen so many pot plants from their outdoor gardens.
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Like all marijuana growers, Edwards said his plants are looking rather stinky right now. With such a rainy start to summer, he says, indoor-grown cannabis plants need sunshine and plenty of light. But now they don’t have it. They also need plenty of ventilation to make sure air doesn’t be sucked out through the leaves of a plant where crops used to grow.
“There are a couple of hurdles for growers this summer,” the media said. “Two of the plants that we grew for medicinal use, we lost about 50% of our plants — primarily because they weren’t light-rich enough, the conditions weren’t right for them and then we had the water issues, the frost.”
The water issues will be difficult — but not impossible — to overcome. But losing some of the plants that were meant to supply a dispensary for the time being might be a major setback for pot companies.
“I’ve got tremendous confidence that they’ll find new places for our plants. I’ve got confidence in our abilities to overcome these challenges,” Edwards said.
But if you’re in need of the real thing, you may have to step up your efforts. Unless the forecast gets better, expect a lot of people with shovels.