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British Columbia urges ‘rethink’ of Canada’s medical cannabis program, citing diversion to illicit market

British Columbia is pressing Canada’s federal government to revamp the country’s home medical cannabis cultivation program, calling some instances of authorized home production a significant source for the illegal market. “We know the program allows patients to produce their medicine at a lower cost than they can buy it, but we also know there is […]

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Legal recreational cannabis sales in Canada outstrip illicit spending for first time

Sales of regulated adult-use cannabis in Canada overtook illegal transactions for the first time in the third quarter of 2020, according to new Statistics Canada data. That development demonstrates the success of legalization in these early years, experts say, though more needs to be done regarding taxes and promotions rules to put the regulated industry […]

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California destroys 1.1 million illicit cannabis plants

California’s annual campaign against illegal marijuana cultivation eradicated more than 1.1 million plants at 455 grow sites. The 13-week effort by state, local and federal agencies in 29 counties went off despite difficulties stemming from coronavirus precautions and massive wildfires, officials said Thursday. Because of competition from illicit operators, California’s legal marijuana businesses haven’t been […]

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Ontario government cannabis prices beating illicit market, report says

Ontario’s government-operated Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) claims it is undercutting illicit marijuana prices with an average price of 7.05 Canadian dollars ($5.30) per gram of dried flower, taxes included, during its first fiscal quarter. In comparison, the average price for a gram of marijuana from illicit mail-order dispensaries was CA$7.98, the OCS said in a […]

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Marijuana vape firms say one year after vaping crisis, customers turning to legal suppliers over illicit market

A year after the vaping health crisis upended the cannabis industry, marijuana vape companies report that sales have rebounded as consumers grasp the danger of consuming illicit-market vaporizers and switch to legal suppliers. Arnaud Dumas de Rauly, co-founder and CEO of New York-based vape manufacturer The Blinc Group, sees this as the biggest impact of […]

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Canada asks cannabis users to buy legal edibles after kids eat illicit ones

Canada’s federal health authority is advising consumers to buy cannabis exclusively from authorized retailers after reports of children eating illicit-market products. “Children are accidentally ingesting illegal edible cannabis products and are experiencing serious harm resulting in hospitalization,” Health Canada warned in a public advisory. “These products appeared similar to regular candies or foods and were […]

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How to compete with the illicit market

The illicit marijuana market is among the biggest and most complex challenges facing legal cannabis businesses—one that takes revenue from licensed companies and hampers the growth of state-legal MJ programs nationwide. Cannabis industry advocates continue to argue that legalization would eliminate the illicit market because consumers would prefer to buy marijuana legally instead of from […]

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Will federal legalization smoke out the illicit market?

As long as some states prohibit cannabis, there will always be an illicit market for marijuana. “Until it’s legal everywhere, we’re never going to really end the illicit market,” said Kris Krane, president of multistate vertically integrated cannabis company 4Front Ventures, which is based in Arizona. Legalizing marijuana at the national level would help to: […]

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