National Cannabis Survey, first quarter 2018

Nationally, about 4.2 million or 14% of Canadians aged 15 years and older reported some use of cannabis products for medical or non-medical use in the past three months. More than half (56%) of the users indicated that they used some form of cannabis “daily” or “weekly.”

The Government of Canada has tabled legislation to legalize, regulate and restrict access to cannabis for non-medical purposes. In order to monitor cannabis consumption before and after the impending legislative change, Statistics Canada has launched the National Cannabis Survey which will be collected quarterly throughout 2018.

Canadians were asked if they thought they would change their behaviour once cannabis is legalized for non-medical use. Regardless of use, over three-quarters (79%) said that they would not be more likely to try or to increase their cannabis consumption.

Of the Canadians who did not use cannabis in the past three months, 6% said they would likely try cannabis or increase their consumption. In turn, about a quarter (24%) of current cannabis users said they would likely increase their cannabis consumption after legalization.

 

Highlights:

More than one in four Canadians aged 25 to 34 report some use in the past three months

One in three cannabis users obtain supply from family or friends

Drivers who use cannabis daily or weekly are more likely to drive within two hours of using cannabis

Over one-third of cannabis users spent more than $100 on cannabis in the past three months

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