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Online cannabis sales won’t ‘dent’ Nunavut’s illicit cannabis market, minister says – CBC

Nunavut government still plans retail ‘option,’ no specific timeline in place

Oct 22, 2019

The Nunavut government says it can’t undercut black market cannabis sales without a physical retail store.

Finance minister George Hickes said in the Legislature Monday that he doesn’t think Nunavut’s online sales options have led to a change in the amount of cannabis purchased illegally in Nunavut.

That’s after Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu MLA Pat Angnakak asked if the Nunavut government was tracking legal vs. illegal cannabis sales in the territory, and if the government is looking to combat illicit sales.

When the Liberal government legalized recreational marijuana just over a year ago, the idea was to hurt the black market trade and keep money out of the hands of organized crime. But a year later, the government’s own figures show that illegal market isn’t dead yet.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/illegal-cannabis-nunavut-government-1.5329711

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