Organized Crime in the Cannabis Market: Evidence and Implications
January 31, 2017
By Jennifer Vallée
Claims that portray Canada’s current and pre-existing cannabis industry as dominated by organized crime have the potential to misinform government policy and the direction of legislative reform.
This briefing note will assess the evidence that suggests that organized crime is currently involved in the marijuana market in Canada, and to what degree; we also canvass the evidence that describes the characteristics of the participants currently involved in the production and distribution of cannabis.
The Canadian Drug Policy Coalition is a partner project with the Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction (CARMHA), a research centre based at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver.