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Barriers for consumers of marijuana post-legalization, Professor Sen reports

Thursday, October 18, 2018

With the new federal legislation legalizing cannabis consumption across Canada coming into effect this week, Economics Professor Anindya Sen's research has been highlighted in the media on a few occasions over the last few days:

Professor Sen was cited in the Washington Post's article titled, "Marijuana becomes legal in Canada on Wednesday, but barriers remain for consumers". 

Professor Sen and Rosalie Wynoch (policy analyst, C.D. Howe Institute) also had an article published in the Globe and Mail, "Without easy retail access to cannabis the black market will thrive". This article is an editorial based on their extensive report for the C.D. Howe Institute (see: https://www.cdhowe.org/public-policy-research/cannabis-countdown-estimating-size-illegal-markets-and-lost-tax-revenue-post-legalization

In addition, BNN interviewed Professor Sen on his black market predictions: https://www.cdhowe.org/video-and-media-appearances/anindya-sen-bnn-pot-shortfall-will-keep-black-market-alive-first-year-legalization

“A lot of European countries will be looking at what is happening here,” he [Sen] said. “If Canada gets it right, it could be a world leader” in creating systems to produce and process commercial amounts of cannabis.

Excerpt from Washington Post article: Marijuana becomes legal in Canada on Wednesday, but barriers remain for consumers