The legalisation of cannabis in Canada has created jobs and revenue, improved safety and reduced illegal sales, according to officials.

Illegal sales of the drug decreased to 79 per cent of the total sales by the end of 2018, compared to 90 per cent the previous quarter.

Some major licensed retailers have reported losses for the first three months after legalisation, mostly because of soaring costs offsetting increased sales.

Official statistics show 15 per cent of the population in Canada, including 19.4 per cent of men and 11.3 per cent of women, reported using cannabis during the last three months of 2018.

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