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19:56  07 february  2019
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Most Canadians say they probably won't try cannabis and if they already use it won't use more when the mood-altering drug is legalized, according to a survey published About 4 . 6 million Canadians or 16 percent of the population used cannabis in the first half of this year, according to the data.

"Statistics Canada is still exploring the benefits and limits of using WBE to produce statistics on drug use ," a recent report The study was launched amid concerns that Canadians may be under-reporting their cannabis use due to stigma StatCan said sampling will continue through the spring of 2019.

OTTAWA - The national statistics offices says legalizing cannabis doesn't seem to have much changed how many people use the drug.

Figures released Thursday morning from Statistics Canada show about 4.6 million people, or 15 per cent of Canadians over age 15, reported using cannabis in the last three months.

Nearly half of Canadians who reported using cannabis said they did so for non-medical reasons, while one-quarter said they used it for medicinal purposes.

The national cannabis survey also found that non-medical cannabis users were less likely to buy cannabis legally, with only 26 per cent of them saying they bought the drug from authorized retailers or online producers.

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It says the vast majority of cannabis consumed in Canada is grown in the country — to the point that domestic production is comparable to the The agency says the consumption of domestically produced cannabis last year was .4 billion, while Canadians bought about 0 million worth of

A troubling new survey from Statistics Canada says that more than a million Canadians have reported being the passenger in a vehicle driven by someone who has consumed cannabis within two hours of driving.

The statistics agency reports that 42 per cent of non-medical users say they obtained cannabis illegally, such as through drug dealers, compassion clubs, unlicensed dispensaries or storefronts, and unlicensed websites.

StatCan says 4.6 million Canadians use weed © Provided by Medical marijuana is shown in Toronto, Nov. 5, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy

The federal government legalized the use and sale of cannabis on Oct. 17, arguing it would push out the illicit drug trade and maintain public safety.

Statistics Canada has kept a close eye on use, prices and sales — including using some unorthodox sampling methods, such as asking people to report the prices they pay for illegal marijuana — to get a better picture of cannabis across the country.

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Canada ’s federal and provincial governments stand to rake in at least 5 million a year To be competitive with the illegal market, Wyonch argued, legal weed must be priced similarly: If The higher the premium for legal cannabis over the illicit price, the more Canadians will purchase cannabis on

A new Statistics Canada survey has found about 1.4 million Canadians reported they had been a passenger in a vehicle driven by someone who The second quarter data found that about 4 . 6 million people nationally, or close to 16 per cent of Canadians aged 15 and up, reported using cannabis in

One month ago, the agency reported that the average price of a legal gram of medical or non-medical weed during the fourth quarter last year was $9.70, compared to the black-market price of $6.51.

On Thursday, Statistics Canada said nearly one-third of consumers reported they didn't spend anything on the marijuana they consumed. About eight per cent said they spent more than $500, or about $40 a week, which Statistics Canada says was consistent with the spending pattern in the previous quarter.

Consumers told the statistics agency that first and foremost they looked at the quality and safety of cannabis when deciding where to purchase it. Price and accessibility were second and third on the list.

Demand has been high for the legal product since Oct. 17, and Statistics Canada's data suggest it could only increase.

The agency says nearly one in five Canadians, or 19 per cent, believe they will use cannabis in the next three months — a higher figure than those who reported current use.

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