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Researching the economics of legal marijuana on the day that C-45 is introduced

Published April 13, 2017 by Mark Bodnar

One of the big news stories of the day is the bill tabled by our federal government about legalizing marijuana.  (See: Bill: C-45: An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts)

Black-and-white image of a man with a speech bubble next to him containing a marijuana leaf image.That news reminded me of a couple posts I've written in the past about resources (articles, etc.) that touch on the economic aspects of a legalized industry/market. I figured this was probably a good time to point back to the most recent post:

On the economics of a marijuana industry - redux

The only major addition I'd make to that post from last August would be to mention our new Statista database as another resource.  A quick Statista search for "marijuana" nets me a couple hundred statistical charts, plus some studies, dossiers, and infographics. Much of that info is about the US, but given that some US states legalized marijuana a year or two ago, their experience is worth paying attention to.

Note: Always be sure to click on the Results tab next to a Statista barchart to find a link to the original source of the data!

-- MarkB
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Mark Bodnar
Economics & Business Librarian
mbodnar@sfu.ca
 

P.S.: I swear I don't have a fixation on marijuana -- but the economic claims about the potential (legal) industry are certainly interesting to explore and critique!  :-)

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