Nearly one-quarter of Nova Scotians, 23%, and 20% of those in British Columbia reported using cannabis in the third quarter of 2018, according to data released by Statistics Canada on Thursday.
In Quebec, this rate reached 10%, making it the only province where cannabis use was lower than in the rest of Canada over a three-month period in 2018. Indeed, the Canadian average was 15%.
Statistics Canada also points out that about two-thirds of the country’s occasional cannabis users say they have spent nothing in the past three months, instead focusing on the “sharing culture” in a “social context”.
The most recent data series of the cannabis survey conducted by the federal agency shows that 14% of “occasional consumers” spent between $251 and $500 in the last three months, while 3% spent more $ 1,000 for cannabis.
These figures do not include Canadians who reported using cannabis every day or almost every day.ext”.
The frequency of cannabis use was higher in men (18%) than in women (12%), and decreased with age. It was twice as high among Canadians aged 15 to 24 (27%) as among those 25 and over.
Finally, in the second and third quarters, 16% of 15-24-year-olds reported being passengers of a vehicle driven by someone who had used cannabis in the previous two hours, four times more than other Canadian adults.
These figures provide the most detailed picture to date of Canadians’ consumption habits for a drug that will be legalized next Wednesday. “In order to monitor cannabis use before and after the legislative change, Statistics Canada collects data every three months throughout 2018 and 2019,” says the agency.
Marie Bram started working for Spruce Tribune in 2017. Marie grew up in a small town in northern Manitoba. But moved to Ontario for university. Before joining Spruce Tribune, Marie briefly worked as a freelance journalist for CBC News. She covers politics and the economy.