As confirmed by a report provided by National Statistics Offices, legalizing cannabis might not have changed the number of people using this drug. Now, the figures that were released on Thursday morning by Statistics Canada reported around 4.6 million residents using cannabis over the age of 15 in the past 3 months.
About half the Canadian population that have been reported as avid users of cannabis mentioned that they did this for reasons that were non-medical. Only a quarter of this population confirmed use of cannabis for medical issues.
Another survey also confirmed that the users with non-medical reasons were more likely to purchase cannabis in an illegal way. A mere 26% of total non-medical users stated that they purchased the drug via online producers or authorized retailers.
A statistical agency reported that about 42% of the non-medical user group agree to the illegal acquisition of cannabis via compassion clubs, drug dealers, storefronts, unlicensed websites, and unlicensed dispensaries.
On 27th October, Federal Government went on to legalize the sale and use of cannabis in a hope to reduce the illegal drug trade while maintaining public safety. However, this move didn’t go as planned and the government is now looking forward to some unorthodox methods for sampling that will help them acquire a better glimpse of cannabis use in the country.