Medical cannabis sales climb in Canada after adult-use legalization

Sales of medical marijuana oil in Canada rose steadily in the months after recreational legalization, bucking a trend seen in some American states that also ended prohibition in recent years.

The volume of medical cannabis oil sold in Canada’s regulated market rose to nearly 5,000 kilograms (11,023 pounds) in January compared with the 4,400 kilograms shipped to patients in October 2018.

Data on the number of new patients over the same period is not yet available.

Sales of dried medical marijuana in Canada dropped slightly in January to 1,770 kilograms compared with October’s 1,890 kilograms.

Canada legalized recreational cannabis Oct. 17, 2018, but maintains a separate program for medical marijuana.

The only way to access legal medical cannabis in Canada is to obtain an authorization from a medical practitioner, then register with a licensed producer and

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