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Canada: mixed record of three years of cannabis legalization


The contribution of recreational marijuana to GDP is rising sharply, but the market is highly fragmented.




draws crowds across the country"

, headlined the daily

L'Acadie nouvelle

on October 18, 2018 to celebrate the legalization of marijuana. The second country in the world to legalize recreational cannabis, Canada had two goals: to control the billions of dollars in the black market and to create a thriving industry around the drug. The first objective is success. According to the Statistics Canada institute, 68% of consumers of "pot", as Quebecers call marijuana, bought it legally in 2020.

"Surveys generally overestimate the legal part and underestimate the illegal part"

, relativizes Michael Armstrong, professor at Brock University in St Catharines (Ontario), while stressing that

“there is a clear trend towards more legal and less illegal spending”


"The small illegal dealers were the most affected,"

says psychologist Serge Brochu, professor at the School of Criminology at the University of Montreal.

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Source: lefigaro

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