Fewer Quebecers entrust smoking pot

News 19 December, 2017
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    Guillaume St-Pierre

    Tuesday, 19 December 2017 22:44

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    OTTAWA | Quebec reported that they had smoked less pot in the last year than other Canadians to be among the respondents to an extensive study conducted by Health Canada released on Tuesday.

    In total, 17.6% of respondents in Quebec reported having used marijuana in the last 12 months. The study was conducted from 13 march to 24 may last from 9215 Canadians.

    The proportion of respondents who have confided in have eaten of the pot rises to 21.7% in the Atlantic, 22.8 % in Ontario and 23.3 % in Western canada.

    The sample, however, contains an overrepresentation of people (2650 on 9215) who have used cannabis recently. The study is not representative of the general canadian population. The study aims to give an overview of the attitudes of Canadians towards marijuana in view of its legalization imminent.


    The report, which cost $ 250,000 to produce, it also reveals that a majority of consumers of pot is not too concerned about too much driving frozen. Thus, less than half of the respondents who have smoked in the last 12 months believe that the ” consumption negatively affects the driving. And nearly 40 % of them have taken the wheel less than two hours after you smoked.

    “The data collected during this investigation confirm that our government takes a responsible approach in relation to the legalization of prioritizing public education “, said in an email exchange, a spokesperson for the minister of Health Ginette Petitpas-Taylor.

    “It is not ready “

    But for the curator Pierre Paul-Hus, the investigation demonstrates, on the contrary, that the attitudes of Canadians toward pot have anything to worry about. “The legalization of cannabis is going too fast, he commented in a telephone interview. It is not ready and the evidence is there. There is still a long way to go to raise awareness and educate. “

    The pot seems to be now more socially accepted than tobacco, but still much less than alcohol. Over 91 % of those surveyed deem the consumption of alcohol ” completely or somewhat acceptable “. The proportion drops to 59 % for cannabis and 51 % for tobacco.

    The results of the study

    • 22 % of respondents said that they had consumed in the last 12 months
    • $ 75 per month, they spend on average
    • 64 % of consumers believe that pot can be addictive
    • 55 % of consumers think that smoking cannabis has a positive effect on mental health
    • More than 80 % of consumers believe that the pot has a positive effect on mood, creativity and sleep
    • 94 % of the users have smoked
    • 34 % of users have consumed in food form