Canada and Nevada have a new thing in common this October: legal use of recreational marijuana.
The country legalized the drug nationwide, and already has some more liberal laws on the books for consumption than Nevada does.
Currently, in Nevada, people are not allowed to consume marijuana in public places, including lounges and hotel rooms.
However, CBC Montreal’s Ben Shingler told State of Nevada many provinces are allowing public consumption.
Unlike the United States, where states decide individually whether they want to legalize marijuana, the drug was legalized nationwide in Canada.
But, it is not the Canadian federal government that is deciding how to regulate and distribute marijuana, Shingler said.
Instead, each of the 10 provinces is deciding on its own how the drug will be grown, tested, distributed and consumed. For instance, Quebec is only allowing sales in government-run dispensaries, while Alberta has private dispensaries.
While the industry in Canada is different in many aspects, it is dealing some of the same issues as Nevada — like pricing and supply.
“People that have been smoking marijuana for a long time are going to continue to use their dealer outside the legal framework if there is not enough supply and also if the price is too high,” Shingler said.
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Like in Nevada, provinces in Canada are having to balance how much they tax the industry, so prices don’t go too high and push people back into the black market.
On the issue of supply, Shingler said there is a big concern about having enough of the drug for the demand. He said growers must be tested and certified by Health Canada.
The testing is stringent, but the potential is huge for growers so many companies are scrambling for those certifications.
Shingler said it will really take some time