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Canada: mixed record of three years of cannabis legalization

2021-10-17T21:21:50.399Z

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



Montreal

"

Cannabis

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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