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While licensed retailers are subject to inspections and constrained to selling products sourced through licensed channels, the unlicensed market seems to operate outside these requirements, with little pressure from law enforcement. (Shutterstock)

Canada needs better CBD policies to protect consumers from unlicensed products

Policy-makers and stakeholders in Canada should re-examine CBD policies and ensure they are protecting, rather than confusing, consumers.
New research found that cannabis sale trends were more likely from industry expansion, rather than pandemic-related societal disruptions. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tara Walton

The pandemic had little impact on Canada’s legal cannabis sales

While the pandemic was often blamed for 2020-2021’s strong recreational cannabis sales growth, the boost in sales was more likely due to existing trends, added stores and new products.
Washington state was home to some of the nation’s first dispensaries for legalized marijuana. AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Legalizing recreational pot may have spurred economic activity in first 4 states to do so

Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon all experienced big increases in both deposits and lending shortly after legalizing marijuana for recreational use.
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.
Sha'Carri Richardson celebrates during the U.S. Olympic Track and Field trials on June 18. Shortly after the trials, Richardson was suspended for a month for testing positive for marijuana – a ban that will keep her from competing at the Tokyo Olympics. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Banned from the Tokyo Olympics for pot? Let the athletes decide what drugs should be allowed

In the wake of debate about cannabis, performance-enhancing drugs and the Olympic Games, athlete-driven doping legislation is the way forward.
Mexico’s militarized war on drugs – and, often, drug users – has killed at least 150,000 people over the past 15 years. Jair Cabrera Torres/picture alliance via Getty Images

Mexico moves to legalize cannabis use, a modest step toward de-escalating drug war

Mexico would not fully legalize cannabis; its new regulation plan makes recreational use legal. However modest, that would be a symbolic milestone for a country immersed in a long, deadly drug war.
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.

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