Article by CBC News
Two years after the sale of marijuana was legalized in Canada, and researchers have yet to see the feared increase in use, says Michael Boudreau, a criminology professor at St. Thomas University.
About six per cent of Canadians report they consume cannabis on a daily basis, a number that’s remained unchanged from before legalization.
“So there, we’re not seeing a skyrocket use of cannabis,” said Boudreau.
In fact, use of cannabis in the age bracket of 15 to 17 has been cut in half, down to 10 per cent from the 20 per cent it was before legalization.
But cannabis consumption for those between the ages of 18 and 24 is 33 per cent, which Boudreau said is relatively unchanged.
“Now, some would argue that is still too high and I think that’s a point that can be taken, so there could be more education directed towards cannabis use.”
Snapshot of two years of legalization
Boudreau has been studying the impact of legalized cannabis sales and shared his findings in an article he co-wrote with Sarah Hamill, a professor at the school of law at the Trinity College, Dublin titled The Kids Are All Right: Reflections on Two Years of Legal Cannabis in Canada.
The two have been trying to get a sense of the critical aspects of cannabis use in Canada after two years.
“We wanted to take a snapshot on the second anniversary just to see what legalization has meant to Canadians. If the legal use of cannabis has increased, if it’s decreased, what about the sales? And then what do we do going forward?”