Legal Cannabis in Canada: One year later
The usage of Cannabis was banned in Canada from 1923 to 2018. In 2001, it was legalized for medical use. However, the ban for recreational use was still imposed and it was lifted on 17th October 2018. At that time it became the second country in the world that legalized and regulated the usage of cannabis. The main reason for the legalization of cannabis in Canada was declared to fight criminal elements. Cannabis was illegally traded and several other criminal activities were reported to get easy access to Cannabis illegally.
What happened after legalizing Cannabis?
Justin Trudeau the then elected Prime Minister of Canada introduced the process to legalize Cannabis in the market in 2015. Though, it was legalized in 2018 under the legal cannabis act. According to the Cannabis Act, Provincial and First Nation Government was provided with Freedom to govern its distribution among the selected officials for buying and selling Cannabis
What outcome was noticed after the legalization of Cannabis:
After a year of Cannabis legalization, the Canadian Government released the first National Cannabis Survey in 2019. According to the survey following points were highlighted
- A large number of people consuming cannabis were reported.
- Among the large number, several were the first time users
- Most of the cannabis users were above 45 years of age
- The number of underage weed consumer was less
- The usage of cannabis was the same as it was before the legalization.
- Nothing new was reported except some new users started consuming weed
What was the positive impact of this legalization?
The first positive impact of legalizing cannabis in Canada was reported from its industry where the cannabis sales in the first two weeks were reported nearly $43 million.
After 10 months the legal Cannabis industry in the country grew by 185%. it created a great positive impact on the country’s economy. The cannabis industry was reported contributing billions of dollars in the country’s GDP.
It emerged as a growth driver for the Canadian economy and it also opened the door to several types of research like how it could be used to treat health issues like pains, anxiety, and several other ailments.
The second major positive impact decreased the crime rate in the country. After the legalization of cannabis in Canada, and regulating Cannabis in the market the illegal trading of Cannabis was stopped and the government stopped prosecuting its citizens for possessing or consuming cannabis.
Canada is the first developed nation in the world that legalized the usage of cannabis. Nevertheless, it is an agricultural product and several countries have legalized its usage in the medical field. Although it also endured bad aspects too. The consumption of cannabis was increased in the country to a great extent that there was not enough supply left in the market to fulfill the demands of the users. It was also reported that the markets are supplying impure cannabis that contains less Tetrahydrocannobinol compound. Thus black market sale continues to flourish. Another main problem is faced in its accessibility and the lack of its edibles or tropical products despite it was legalized more than 1 year ago.