6% of Canadians would be tempted to try marijuana legalization

6% des Canadiens seraient tentés d’essayer la marijuana légalisée

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One-quarter of the “cannabis users today” said they would be likely to increase their consumption after legalization.

Some 6% of Canadians who have never used marijuana, or who have not eaten in the last three months, are said to be likely to try cannabis, or to increase their consumption after the legalization of recreational marijuana by the federal government, according to a survey conducted by Statistics Canada.

By contrast, one-quarter of the “cannabis users today” said they would be likely to increase their consumption after legalization, somewhere this summer.

“Cannabis users today,” those who have consumed any form of cannabis during the last three months, for medical or non-medical.

In order to be able to compare the before and after legalization, Statistics Canada launched this winter, a new national survey devoted specifically to the cannabis. The first quarterly results of the investigation show, inter alia, that more than three-quarters of consumers would not be more likely to try cannabis, or to increase their consumption after legalization.

At the national level, 14 % of Canadians aged 15 years or older reported having used some form of cannabis during the last three months — always for medical or non-medical.

However, this prevalence varies from one province to another : it goes from a low of 10 % in Quebec to 14 % in New Brunswick and Ontario, and up to 20 % in Nova Scotia. But according to the federal agency, these differences were not statistically significant compared to the national average of 14 %.

Between knowledge

The national Survey on cannabis also reveals that more than half (56 %) of cannabis users in Canada reported having consumed “daily” or ” weekly “, in one form or another.

The federal government maintains that it wants to legalize marijuana to remove this market from the hands of the organized crime. However, the Statistics Canada survey reveals that one in five reported that they obtain their cannabis from a dealer.

In fact, consumers tend to get their products to someone they know : almost one-third of the respondents obtained it from a family member or a friend, and 22% have shared the cannabis with a group of friends.

Finally, 14% of cannabis users who had a valid driver’s licence reported that they had ever driven within two hours after their consumption. The survey was conducted from February 19 to march 18, 2018.

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