Unregulated transactions comprise about 80 percent of cannabis sales in Ontario, Canada, according to a report from the province’s auditor general outlined by CTV. The majority of consumers who still purchase outside of the legal market say unregulated products are of better quality. Reports Ganjapreneur

“In our discussions with cannabis store managers and AGCO staff, we heard that some people prefer illegal cannabis because it is more potent and the product is fresh.”

– Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk, in the report via CTV

Customers have described Ontario Cannabis Store flower as “subpar” and “too dry.”

Lysyk also warned that licensed shops could be tempted to start offering illegally-acquired products due to the quality chasm and lack of industry oversight.

“As more stores open and competition increases among retailers, they will have an incentive to generate greater profit margins by selling illegal products that compromise consumer health,” the report said.

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