Canadian Cannabis Keeps Washing Up All Over the World

CCJ Gabriel
Canadian Cannabis Keeps Washing Up All Over the World

Canada's cannabis industry is increasingly seeking new markets overseas, both legally and illegally.

Legal cannabis growers in Canada send products to overseas markets, often through press releases and quarterly reports. Hong Kong and Italy have reported seizing large amounts of cannabis, often from Canada, despite stiff penalties. Hong Kongers, especially young people, are illegally importing hundreds of kilograms of cannabis from Canada and the US.

Hong Kong customs seizes HK$33 million worth of cannabis buds in crackdown  on party drugs ahead of festive season | The Star

A Dutch newspaper BN DeStem reported a large seizure of cannabis en route from Canada to Germany, questioning if North America is replacing the Netherlands as a source of cannabis in the region. The Irish Times reported a 55% increase in seized cannabis packages this year, mainly through the postal system, worth just under €5 million (~$7.3 million Canadian). The US also saw a spike in large cannabis seizures during the pandemic. As more US states legalize cannabis, distributors can still use US channels to send cannabis to foreign shores. Ever since Canada legalized marijuana back in 2018, the immediate increase in black market cannabis overseas has been noticed and prevalent. 

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