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A woman marks the first day of legalization of cannabis across Canada as she lights a joint in a Toronto park in October 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Canada’s marijuana legalization provides lessons to the world on selling cannabis

As many as 33 American states and several European countries are looking to legalize recreational cannabis. Canada’s experience has lessons for them about how best to sell cannabis.
People gather in Trinity Bellwoods park for a weed bubble blowing event in Toronto on Oct. 17, 2018, the day cannabis became legal in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

Cannabis education should aim to normalize — not prevent — safe and legal use

If the goal of cannabis legalization was to protect public health and safety, education and awareness campaigns must normalize safe cannabis use, not stop cannabis consumption.
A British think tank says Canada’s legalization of cannabis has largely been a success story. But we still have work to do. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch

The verdict: Canada’s legalization of cannabis is a success

The British think tank Transform has given Canada high marks for its cannabis legalization efforts. But it also delved into areas that still need work, including social equity issues like amnesty.
Cannabis plants are seen during a tour of a Hexo Corp. production facility in October 2018 in Masson-Angers, Québec. The province is raising the legal cannabis age to 21. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Québec is wrong to raise its legal cannabis age to 21

Québec government policy is working against the objectives of cannabis legalization.
One year after the legalization of cannabis in Canada, many questions remain unanswered about the risks and benefits of cannabis use in the presence of children. Shutterstock

Is using cannabis in front of children harmful or not?

Cannabis was legalized in Canada one year ago but we know little about the effects of parents using it in front of their children.
A customer holds up his receipt after being the first person to buy cannabis at the SpiritLeaf cannabis store in Kingston, Ont., on April 1, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

Feds are blowing smoke about pot supplies

Federal officials have repeatedly claimed cannabis supplies are sufficient. But their own data suggest otherwise.
Data from provinces varies, but it generally shows Canadian cannabis users prefer to buy dry flowers (to smoke or vape their weed), want high-quality products and prefer shopping in bricks-and-mortar stores rather than online. Sharon McCutcheon/Unsplash

How Canadians are buying cannabis and getting high now that it’s legal

Government data outline what’s popular with Canadian cannabis shoppers. Among other things, they prefer smoke-able cannabis, high-quality products and in-store shopping.

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