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Twenty Percent of Canadians Used Cannabis Last Year

Nov 12, 2015 01:38PM ● By Stephanie Wilson
A new poll conducted by Forum Research concluded that our neighbors to the north are a fairly cannabis-friendly bunch. The study involved a random telephone poll of 1,256 Canadians between November 4–7. 

The main takeaways, as reported by Canadian outlet CBC News, is that two out of ten Canadians consumed some type of cannabis in the past year, and three out of ten would have had it been legal. And some 59 percent of respondents favor legalization in some fashion. 

With Canada's newly elected members of the liberal party, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, indicating support for legalization, these numbers show a huge potential untapped market for the booming cannabis industry. 

According to CBC News: 
Just under one fifth, or 18 per cent, of those polled said they had used marijuana in the past 12 months. The percentage was higher among young people, at 34 per cent, and among males, at 23 per cent.

But the survey suggests the pool of possible marijuana users would be much larger than it is now if the practice were fully legalized.

Among people who don't currently consume marijuana, 13 per cent said they would be likely to do so if it were legal, and a further four per cent said they would be "very likely" to do so.

Adding those percentages together makes 31 per cent, which is the theoretical pool of people who should be considered potential marijuana users.

Based on Canada's adult population of about 26 million, that's roughly 8 million people across the country.

How exactly that plays out in terms of growing, distribution, and selling the once-controversial plant is the most contentious issue surrounding the subject, with 45 percent of respondents favoring a big-corporation model and a smaller 16 percent supporting a more private system.

Visit CBC News for the full report.