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73% of cannabis purchased ; in Canada now comes from a legal source | Cannabis: the effects of legalization

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A study looked at the consumption of cannabis by young people aged 12 to 28, over a period of ten years.

The Canadian Press

An annual Health Canada survey indicates that 73% of respondents say they purchased their cannabis from legal sources in 2023.

This is approximately twice as much as in 2019, the first year following the legalization of cannabis in Canada. In 2022, nearly 70% of respondents said they purchased their cannabis legally.

In addition to more Canadians purchasing cannabis from a legal source, the survey also found that smoking remains the most common method of consuming marijuana in 2023, at 63%. as well as vaping using a vape pen or electronic cigarette (33%).

By Elsewhere, the proportion of respondents who reported having more or less daily consumption has overall remained stable since 2018 (around 25%).

No clear new trend has been observed for cannabis use over the past 12 months among young people aged 16 to 19, says Health Canada.

Cannabis: the effects of legalization

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People who had used cannabis in the 12 months prior to the survey said they typically spent nearly $63 on cannabis each month, down from $73 in 2018.

This year's survey was conducted among 11,690 Canadians between May and July 2023. Industry experts have long warned that data collected by government agencies on cannabis could be biased by respondents themselves. same people, who are still hesitant to admit to pollsters that they are buying under the table.

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