The occasional use of marijuana is on the rise in the province, according to a study by the Institut de la statistique du Québec.
The institute published the finding Monday as part of its survey on the health habits of Quebecers, called Enquête québécoise sur la santé de la population.
According to the survey, published in the institute’s Zoom santé bulletin, about 15 per cent of Quebecers older than 15 occasionally smoked marijuana in 2014-2015, compared with 12 per cent in 2008, the last time the survey was conducted.
The largest proportion of pot smokers, both occasional and regular, were men age 18 to 24, according to the findings. In fact, occasional and regular users had many things in common. Most were men and were cigarette smokers, had taken other kinds of drugs and had experienced suicidal thoughts in the previous 12 months.
The publication noted that research has found a link between regular marijuana use and psychological problems, including suicidal tendencies. No such link has been made with occasional marijuana smokers.