Legal Cannabis Purchases Surge to 73%, Marking a Significant Rise from 2019's 37%, Reports Health Canada

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Legal Cannabis Purchases Surge to 73%, Marking a Significant Rise from 2019's 37%, Reports Health Canada

According to the latest annual survey conducted by Health Canada, 73 percent of respondents now opt for legal sources when purchasing cannabis. This figure represents a significant increase from the 37 percent reported in 2019, the year following the legalization of cannabis in Canada. The survey, conducted between May and July of this year, reveals that nearly 70 percent of Canadians utilized legal channels for obtaining cannabis in 2022.

The study further highlights the predominant types of cannabis products purchased, with dried flower or leaves, edible cannabis, and vape pens or cartridges emerging as the most popular choices. Respondents who had consumed cannabis in the 12 months leading up to the survey indicated an average monthly spending of approximately $63, reflecting a decrease from the $73 reported in 2018.

The survey encompassed the opinions of 11,690 Canadians, providing valuable insights into the evolving landscape of cannabis consumption in the country. Despite the positive trend toward legal sources, industry experts caution that data collection may still be influenced by individuals who hesitate to disclose their use of cannabis or purchases from illicit sources due to societal stigma.

This report, originating from The Canadian Press, was initially published on January 12, 2024.

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