Cabinet advisors yesterday questioned whether legalizing marijuana achieved what advocates promised five years ago. Legalization neither eliminated the black market nor protected children from unregulated marijuana use, wrote an Expert Panel.

“One of the key goals of legalization was to protect the health and safety of Canadians, to keep cannabis out of the hands of children and youth and profits out of the hands of criminals and organized crime,” said an Expert Panel report. “However many of the people we engaged with expressed concern that rates of cannabis use among youth in Canada remain high compared to other jurisdictions and that legalization has not led to a discernible decrease in youth cannabis use.”

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