The stigma of smoking pot is fading, and people are consuming more of the drug, a study shows.
Three years after cannabis became legal, more Canadians are smoking than previously thought, according to a study released by Dalhousie University.
Conducted in May, the study found 42% of respondents consider themselves cannabis consumers, with roughly 12% saying they started to use marijuana after it was legalized in October 2018.
The findings are 20% higher than the percentage of Canadians who were believed to be pot smokers, according to a recent Statistics Canada.
The figures are also up 36% from a similar Dalhousie study conducted in 2019.
“Acceptance and consumption of cannabis is rising and the social stigma is dropping,” said Brian Sterling, co-author of the report.
“It’s becoming more normalized,” added Sterling, a research associate in the Agri-Food Analytics Lab at Dalhousie University. “More people are buying it legally. Most aren’t really terribly concerned about talking about it openly anymore.”