Is Canada’s legalisation of cannabis able to deliver the promised benefits?

Canada hit the headlines last year when it became the first G7 country to legalise cannabis. The legislation was set to offer ‘unprecedented opportunities’ for the real estate sector, but challenges over everything from packaging to regulations at a local level have fuelled concerns that the trailblazing move could go up in smoke.

The world was watching on 17 October last year when the first legal recreational cannabis in Canada traded hands. It was midnight in Newfoundland and, as the first G7 nation to legalise the drug, Canada became an international guinea pig: an experiment the world could