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Illicit Pot Still Dominates After Two Legal Years

  • Legal consumption accounts for 46% of total use in Canada
  • Two-year anniversary of Canadian legalization is Oct. 17
Pot Replaces Asparagus as Outdoor Growing Proliferates in Canada
Photographer: Cole Burston/Bloomberg
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It’s been nearly two years since Canada became the first G20 country to legalize cannabis for recreational purposes. However, the majority of customers are still getting their pot from the illicit market -- with a lot of ground left to cover.

In the fourth quarter of 2018, legal marijuana represented only 21% of total consumption in Canada, despite weed becoming lawful on Oct. 17 of that year. Fast-forward to the first quarter of 2020 and cannabis is now a C$2.2 billion ($1.7 billion) retail industry, yet legal consumption is still just 46% of the total, according to data from Statistics Canada.