Cannabis Legalization

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Legalizing Cannabis for medical and recreational consumption has boosted consumer choice and successfully fought crime and black markets in several parts of North America. The Consumer Choice Center welcomes Cannabis legalization as a step towards more consumer choice and stresses the importance of a smart regulatory approach towards Cannabis legalization.
The CCC is active in the legalization debate in several US states and Canada. This includes coverage in The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, and Detroit News.

Testimonies

CCC Testimony on Ontario’s Cannabis Rules
On October 12th, 2018 Consumer Choice Center’s David Clement testified at the Standing Committee on Social Policy to provide comment on Bill 36, which will determine Ontario’s cannabis regulations.

Success Stories

Public cannabis consumption ban in Ontario was reversed
On Aug. 13, Ontario Finance Minister Vic Fideli announced the government’s plan for cannabis legalization. The keystone of the Progressive Conservatives’ policy was a reversal of the public retail monopoly model proposed by the former Liberal government, to instead opt for private retail provincewide.
In order to disseminate the Consumer Choice Center’s position on why Ontario’s public consumption ban would have been detrimental to consumer choice, the CCC’s North American Affairs Manager David Clement published an op-ed in The Globe and Mail, which is largest printed newspapers in Canada. In his piece, he suggested either backpedalling on the ban or legalizing regulated consumption lounges.
On 26 September, Ontario reversed their decision to ban all public consumption for cannabis. This victory will contribute to the creation of a more equitable, just and consumer-friendly cannabis market in Ontario.

Events

Cannabis Conclave
The Consumer Choice Center hosts a Cannabis Conclave in Davos, Switzerland on Thursday, January 24th, 2019. We want to use this event to fuel the legalization debate in Europe and show how legitimate and mature this industry in parts of North and South America already is.

Policy Primers

Polls

November 2018 Wisconsin Poll
On November 18-19, 2018, the Consumer Choice Center commissioned a survey conducted by Pulse Opinion Research on important healthcare and cannabis issues in the state of Wisconsin.
The results can be downloaded in PDF form here.
The full results and methodology can be found here.

Media Hits

The Globe and Mail: Consumers are paying for government’s failure to understand cannabis
Marijuana Business Daily: Incoming Luxembourg government plans to legalize recreational marijuana
The Globe and Mail: Experts argue allowing municipalities to opt out of cannabis shops could boost black market
Leafly: Who Pays? Regulating Cannabis in Canada Estimated to Cost $546 Million
The Detroit News: Opinion: Marijuana promises economic benefit, poses financial questions
Huffpost: Quebec should embrace cannabis to promote the economy
Toronto Sun: Overcoming pot retail anxiety: 5 reasons for municipalities opt-in