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A weed shortage means most marijuana stores in Saskatchewan will not be ready to open on Wednesday when recreational marijuana becomes legal.

The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority estimates only about 20 per cent of retailers will open.

Spokesman David Morris says only 10 to 12 locations out of 51 marijuana retailers across the province may be ready.

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Geoff Conn says he wants to open his Saskatoon store, The Pot Shack, on Oct. 17, but he doesn’t have enough supply.

He says he has less than half of what he needs and would have to close within a few days if he opened the doors.

Conn says Saskatchewan is at the bottom of the supply chain for marijuana.

In Alberta and British Columbia retail outlets have to buy from the government.

“In Saskatchewan it’s up to us, the retailers, to make those arrangements and agreements,” Conn said Thursday.

“There’s an issue with supply. I think some of the growers have overestimated what they have available.”

The SLGA says Saskatchewan retailers are still undergoing the permit process, including ensuring shops have appropriate security and pass inventory regulations.

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