A Criminologist at Mount Royal University doesn’t think legalizing cannabis will take a bite out of organized crime.
One of the arguments in favour of legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in Canada is that it will help reduce organized crime.
However Kelly Sundberg isn’t convinced, arguing governments are underestimating the demand for legal marijuana.
Sundberg doesn’t think legitimate growers can produce enough to meet demand.
“To think that we will have a supply in Alberta, let alone in Western Canada, by licensed producers, like the legal ones, that will be able to supply this industry, that’s pretty positive thinking in my mind,” Sundberg said.
Sundberg added governments need to ensure the product isn’t over-taxed, and consumers have easy retail access or they’ll continue to buy it illegally.