Canada Launches Legal Adult-Use Cannabis Market, US Rep Outlines Plan for Federal Legalization: Week in Review

Canada celebrated a historic milestone this week when its legal adult-use cannabis market opened Oct. 17. In the days that followed, government-run corporations in each province began overseeing product distribution. While some warned of product shortages and a lack of retail outlets, Canada’s cannabis legalization represents a monumental leap forward in cannabis policy reform that some hope will help accelerate reform efforts in the United States.

“Legalization officially going into effect in Canada is a major step for cannabis, its consumers and human rights as a whole,” said Jeffrey M. Zucker, co-founder and president of cannabis business strategy firm Green Lion Partners. “As the largest country to legalize thus far, Canada has the opportunity to set an example for nations around the world.”

“We’ve been watching Canada’s evolution for several years and while [this] is certainly a milestone, it is really just the next logical step on their journey to

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