Cannabis consumption on the rise in Canada since legalization: Study

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Marijuana use has risen in the country since legalization, according to a new study from Western Canadian research company Insights West, which shows that nearly a quarter of adult Canadians consumed cannabis in the last few months of 2018.

In an online study conducted from Dec. 13 to 21 among 1,001 adult Canadians and 1,500 past-year cannabis users, 23 per cent of legal-age respondents reported using marijuana in one way or another since legalization, including five per cent of respondents who said they consumed cannabis for the very first time.

The study, titled “The Future of Cannabis in Canada” and conducted by Insights West for Resonance Consultancy in partnership with Valens GroWorks, shows there has been a nationwide increase in cannabis consumption since legalization, and not only due to new users. Enthusiasm has risen among established users as well, with 16 per cent of respondents saying they have increased their cannabis use in recent months.

It’s a budding market, in other words.

Most Canadians still prefer to consume their cannabis the old-fashioned way, according to the study. More than two-thirds (or 68 per cent) of past-year cannabis users said they smoked a joint, with 36 per cent of that group saying it’s their regular means of consumption.

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