BC and Quebec Aren’t Using Canada’s Legal Medical Marijuana System

Article by David Brown, Lift

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Health Canada market data for the past few years shows that British Columbians and Quebecers appear to prefer the black market over Canada’s legal medical cannabis system.

Despite being the second and third largest provinces in Canada, with over 8 million and 4.7 million people respectively, shipments to registered patients in Quebec and British Columbia are some of the lowest in the country.

Patients registered in Quebec only received 2,457 shipments in August. BC, only 2,534. The same month saw 34,757 shipments to registered clients in Ontario and 12,986 in Alberta. Previous data shows similar figures in the past.

Looking at the numbers cumulatively, Ontario received 177,752 shipments from January to August of this year, and Alberta received 60,726. BC received 17,080, and Quebec received 13,819 in the same time frame. For comparison, New Brunswick, with a population of only ~700,000 saw more than Quebec, with 16,825 from January to August 2016.

Ontario is the most populated province with nearly 14 million people. Quebec is the second largest with over 8 million. Alberta is fourth with about 4.2 million people.

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