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Focus on restricting access to weed has hampered crackdown on black market

By Bradley Poulos      

The feds’ zeal in pursuing its overarching goals has resulted in an industry that lags the U.S. and elsewhere in brand awareness, and is attracting only a fraction of users away from the illicit or legacy market.

In the run-up to legalization, the Liberal government’s point person was then parliamentary secretary Bill Blair, who stressed they wanted to regulate, but not normalize, the use of cannabis. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Any assessment of the federal government’s efforts to create a legal framework for adult-use cannabis—or any public policy—must first be viewed through the lens of said policy’s objectives. In the case of cannabis, the government’s stated objectives were to, above all: protect young Canadians by keeping cannabis out of the hands of children and youth, and keep profits out of the hands of criminals, particularly organized crime.

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