Survey suggests typical Quebec cannabis users are aged 18 to 24

Nov 13 2018, 2:14 am

A recent survey concluded that the largest consumers of cannabis in the province are aged between 18 and 24 years old.

The survey, directed by Quebec’s Institut de statistique, was managed before cannabis became legal in the country. Between March and June of 2018, 10,000 Quebec respondents aged 15 and older were polled.

The statistics, which became public today, suggest that “all things being equal, it is Quebecers aged 18 to 24 who are the largest consumers of cannabis.”

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Institut de la statistique du Québec.

Figures compiled by the study suggest that 75 per cent of respondents procured their (then illegal) supply of cannabis from “a family member, a friend or an acquaintance.”

Overall, 48 per cent of pollers said they had consumed cannabis at one point in their life, 14 per cent of whom admitted to using cannabis at least once within a year of the conducted survey. 40 per cent of respondents said they used cannabis once a month and 15 per cent claimed to consume marijuana on a daily basis.

The majority of the testers, 95 per cent, claimed they consumed cannabis by smoking it and the second-most popular method was consumption by any of the varied forms of edibles.

Similar numbers, 94 per cent, claimed to regularly consume cannabis inside while 33 per cent said they also consumed on a public street, alleyway or park. 14 per cent of respondents said they drove a vehicle (on at least three occasions) within two hours of having consumed cannabis in any form.

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Institut de la statistique du Québec

The survey provides interesting provincial numbers that should be taken into consideration by the new CAQ government who plan to increase the legal cannabis age in Quebec from 18 to 21.

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