Article by Dylan McCullough, Kelowna Now
Statistics Canada has released its Cannabis Stats Hub, a comprehensive report about the impact of cannabis on Canada’s economy.
The new data has produced plenty of interesting nuggets of information regarding Canadians relationship with cannabis.
The “Baby Boomer” generation, born between 1945 to 1964, have become larger consumers of cannabis, making up 23% of the overall share of consumers in 2017. That’s up from 4% in 1975.
In British Columbia, 13.6% of males in that demographic have reported using cannabis or hashish at least once in the 12-month period.
The Cannabis Stats Hub found that about 4.9 million Canadians aged 15 to 64 years old bought cannabis last year.
Canadian cannabis consumers spent about $1,200 each, mostly on recreational cannabis, which represented 90% of purchases, as opposed to medical marijuana.
In total, Canadians spent $5.7 billion on cannabis in 2016.