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Some 698 million metric tons of cannabis may have been consumed, and the number of users is estimated at 4.9 million people. Ottawa—Canadians may have consumed as much as $6.2 billion (CAD) of marijuana in 2015, the government’s statistics agency said as it prepares to add cannabis to its official accounts. Statistics Canada’s estimates of the illicit and the already legal market for medical cannabis are “experimental,” and consumption could also be as low as $5 billion. Some 698 million metric tons of cannabis may have been consumed, and the Ottawa-based agency assumed a price range of $7.14 to $8.84 per gram. The number of users was estimated at 4.9 million people. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has committed to full legalization of recreational use by July of next year, a move that’s created a surge in the share prices of producers. Marijuana use may have already hit $6.2B before Canada’s legalization

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