It should come as no surprise to hear that Canadian millennials enjoy smoking a lot of marijuana. It's not surprising to hear that the government is in the process of legalizing marijuana and that we will soon have retail stores dedicated to selling Canada's best bud. But I am surprised at just how much millennials smoke, especially when compared to our parents in the 80s...
I'm not saying that your parents definitely smoked weed back in the day, but there is a lot of research that suggests it was very very common among young adults from the 70s to 90s. It probably wasn't your parents though, don't worry... Maybe your older brother?
Statistics Canada released a study that analyzed nine national household surveys that collected data regarding marijuana consumption from 1985 to 2015. The study showed that cannabis use for those who are 15 and older more than doubled from 5.6 % in 1985 to 12.3 % in 2015.
The survey asked participants about their pot use within the past year and had target populations such as teenagers and adults. But if you're asking me, the number seems a bit low. Considering how many people turned out to celebrate 420 last year in Vancouver, I find it hard to believe only 12.3% of the population uses cannabis.
Source: CTV News