Cannabis vape supply could be disrupted by coronavirus

vapingJust as the uncertainty over cannabis vapes had lifted in Alberta come fears the novel coronavirus could disrupt the marijuana industry’s supply chain.

Distributors and retailers say they’ve been told travel restrictions to fight the spread of the deadly virus in China and the resulting closures of factories where almost all vaping hardware is produced could eventually put a crimp in local inventories.

That includes the cartridges that contain the vaping product, the batteries that heat them and the vapourizers themselves.

“It’s really hard to get your hands on the 510 batteries manufactured in China right now because of the coronavirus,” said Mack Andrews, owner of the Aylmer Nelson Cannabis store in southeast Calgary.

“Suppliers are having a hard time meeting demand.”

By: Bill Kaufmann

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