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The UK and Canada’s recent referendum on the legalization and regulation of cannabis, the legal cannabis market in Canada is at an “open doors” stage, with new licences being issued but no actual retail sales beginning on June 30th.
This is somewhat strange as a retail sale may be in the cards as early as 2020. A survey of marijuana consumers in the UK shows a high level of support for “legalized” access to cannabis. While not as large as the US, nearly half of survey respondents in the UK surveyed were in favour of recreational use.
In Canada, a similar survey showed 59% of cannabis users saying they would like “legalized access” to cannabis, while nearly two thirds of the adult population polled in 2013 were in favour of “prohibition only” access to cannabis. A new survey commissioned by Canadian Medical Cannabis Coalition shows cannabis use in Canada increased by 4% after Canada’s 2014 legalization. “What we don’t know is whether the recent changes in legislation have had an affect on this increase, or indeed whether these changes affected recreational use,” says Dr. David Nutt, a Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College, London, who led the study.
When compared to the US, Canada also shows a higher prevalence of cannabis use. For the first time it was found that adults between the ages of 18 and 74 use more cannabis annually than those between 20 and 29.
The research showed that cannabis users in Canada had lower educational levels than the US, though the difference was not statistically significant: 20% compared to 34%, but even with these educational differences, the differences were not statistically significant.
With a small number of licensed stores for recreational sales starting to open in Canada as of June 30th, there are lots of questions surrounding what sort of legal cannabis markets may exist within different countries. The US does not have laws prohibiting the possession and/or sale of cannabis, but rather only has a system whereby anyone found to possess a small quantity of cannabis can be fined or arrested.
[via Daily Mail] [images via US Justice Department]
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A film depicting the Prophet Mohammad has been banned in Denmark.
Called Innocence of Muslims, the Danish filmmaker Ayaan Hirsi Ali said the film could “hurt Muslims as well as non-Muslims”.