Sixty-five percent of current and potential cannabis consumers in Canada believe licensed growers should be allowed to open retail stores once recreational marijuana is legalized next year, according to a new poll.
The Oraclepoll Research survey also found that 63% of respondents would prefer to purchase cannabis products in a retail environment.
The poll also found that almost 40% of Canadians will consume cannabis products once legalized – potentially 11.4 million consumers.
So far, Quebec, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island are considering selling recreational marijuana through government-run monopolies, which would limit opportunities for entrepreneurs interested in the retail sector.
Manitoba’s government, meanwhile, is leaving open the possibility the private sector could play a roll in selling recreational cannabis.
Each province has until next summer to develop its own framework for taxation, retail, public consumption and home cultivation.
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