One Half Have Used Marijuana

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One Half Have Used Marijuana

One eighth use it now

In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1429 Canadian adults, almost half have ever used marijuana (47%). Past usage is most common to the youngest (61%), males (52%) rather than females (42%), the very wealthiest ($100K to $250K - 61%), in BC (54%), among New Democrats (58%) but not so much among Conservatives (37%), among those with children (52%) and among those who have graduated college or more (51%).

In total, one eighth claim to use marijuana now (13%), and this is especially characteristic of the youngest (23%), males (16%) rather than females (9%), among the least wealthy (often a proxy for youth - 18%), in BC (20%) but not so much in Quebec (7%), among Liberals (15%) rather than Conservatives (6%) and among those with some college or university (16%). Of those who have ever tried marijuana, one quarter (27%) continue to use it.

“It is interesting to note past marijuana usage is steady at about one half the population up to the age of 64, the top end of the baby boomers, and then it peters out, as the previous generation didn’t indulge. Current usage, however, is the province primarily of the young” said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.

Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at or at (416) 960-9603.