TORONTO — Canada’s legalization of recreational pot has been voted The Canadian Press Business News Story of the Year.
In an annual poll of the country’s newsrooms conducted by The Canadian Press, business editors and reporters across the country chose cannabis legalization in a landslide with 60 per cent of the votes cast.
On Oct. 17 Canada became the second country in the world to legalize cannabis for adult use, after Uruguay, ending nearly 100 years of prohibition.
This historic event marked the culmination of months, if not years, of work by politicians, lawmakers and industry but consumers continue to face widespread supply shortages and relatively few physical stores.
The terse negotiations between Canada, U.S. and Mexico towards a new North American Free Trade Agreement was a distant second with 30 per cent of votes.
Pipelines came in third with 10 per cent of the vote, with the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion now in limbo after a court overturned its regulatory approval and a U.S. court threw out the Keystone XL pipeline’s presidential permit.
The Canadian Press