Almost half of Canadian cannabis shoppers buy their weed illegally, reveals Statistics Canada’s Nationwide Hashish Survey launched Thursday (Aug. 15). Ten months after the nation legalized leisure marijuana, 42% of those that partake admitted to purchasing a minimum of a few of their pot from an unlawful supply, corresponding to a drug supplier.

Legalizing the drug has not but eradicated the black market, partially as a result of the variety of authorized retailers is rising slowly. The federal authorities imposes onerous registration procedures on these retailers; solely not too long ago has the federal government reassessed them in an try and ease the “licensing bottleneck.” Different would-be store house owners level out that it’s troublesome to enter the authorized market by way of what they are saying is an ‘unfair’ lottery system. The authorized retailers that do exist constantly fail to satisfy client demand.

Within the final quarter of 2018, 79% of transactions have been achieved on the black market, in response to Statistics Canada.

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