Article by Catherine Cullen, CBC News
When it comes to crafting Canada’s plans to legalize marijuana, there’s one group that seems to have a lot to say: young men who use pot.
That’s who responded to the government’s online consultation in droves, according to the vice-chair of Canada’s marijuana task force, Dr. Mark Ware.
He broke down the numbers as part of his talk at the Vancouver Lift Cannabis Expo earlier this month, noting that particularly when it comes to age, the response was “interesting because this is not typically a group that is heavily engaged politically.”
The online consultations were held between June 30 and Aug. 29. Ware told his audience there had been some 28,000 responses. Previously, the task force had pegged the number of responses higher — at 30,000.
According to the information provided by Ware:
- 80 per cent of respondents are cannabis users — either medical or non-medical.
- 73 per cent are male.
- 64 per cent are between 18 and 34 years of age.
- 15 per cent are parents.
- 11 per cent are academics.
- 8 per cent self-identified as activists.