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Cannabis Legalization Report Card

In celebration of the second anniversary of the legalization of adult-use cannabis in Canada, the Cannabis Council of Canada (C3) released the Cannabis Legalization Report Card. The report card grades Canada’s performance on a diverse range of subjects from Government Leadership to Jobs and Economy to Medical Patient Access.

“The Cannabis Legalization Report Card celebrates our successes and reminds Canadians and our governments of the work that needs to be done to capitalize on the promise of legal adult-use cannabis,” says George Smitherman, President and CEO of the Cannabis Council of Canada.

The Cannabis Legalization Report Card was created using data from an Abacus Data public opinion research poll commissioned for the purposes of the Report Card, publicly available secondary sources, and the perspectives of the Cannabis Council of Canada’s membership. The Report Card highlights areas where the legalization is working—Government Leadership and Keeping Cannabis Away from Children and Youth—and those areas where work is need to fulfill the promise of legalization—Medical Patient Access and Cannabis Amnesty.

We are “always learning, always evolving” in the cannabis industry, said The Honourable Anne McLellan, leader of the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization on a panel discussion hosted by C3.

“It’s hard to believe that two years have passed since Canada made history with the legalization of adult-use cannabis. As Canada’s national association of licensed cannabis producers and on behalf of thousands of our employees, the Cannabis Council of Canada would like to thank Canadians, our customers and our governments for their confidence and trust,” states Rick Savone, Chair of the Board of the Cannabis Council of Canada and Senior-Vice President with Aurora Cannabis.

Cannabis Legalization Report Card

Support for Cannabis Legalization                             B+

Keeping Cannabis Away from Children & Youth     B+

Combatting the Illicit Market                                       C-

Consumer Awareness                                                    C

Government Leadership                                               B+

Cannabis Amnesty                                                         D

Jobs and the Economy                                                 C+

Medical Patient Access                                                 D

Justice and Law Enforcement                                    B+

Research, Development & Innovation                      D

For the rationale and additional details on the report card, visit C3’s site.