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StatsCannabis data availability: Crowdsourced cannabis prices, March 2018

Released: 2018-04-13

Cannabis prices up slightly in March

In March, the average price of cannabis was $6.96 per gram according to the information submitted by Canadians to the StatsCannabis crowdsourcing application. This estimate is based on all the submissions with a price range from $2 to $20 per gram. Data outside this range were treated as outliers. The March price was up slightly from prices reported in February ($6.91 per gram) and January ($6.72 per gram).

When considering the composition of persons reporting, the price has remained relatively stable from January to March. The average price per gram reported by daily consumers was $6.46 in January, $6.61 in February and $6.58 in March. For individuals who reported consuming a few times per month, prices averaged $7.16 in January, $7.59 in February and $7.65 in March.

The average price for the first quarter was $6.78.

Lowest prices reported in Québec and Montréal

Most major cities in Canada had cannabis prices that were close to the national average of $6.78 per gram in the first quarter. Québec ($5.93 per gram) and Montréal ($6.22 per gram) had the lowest reported prices in the StatsCannabis application. Toronto ($7.93 per gram) and Vancouver ($7.57 per gram) had the highest prices.

Chart 1  Chart 1: Average price by city, March 2018
Average price by city, March 2018

Greater shares of daily users in cities in the West

Based on the respondents to the StatsCannabis hub, the frequency of use did show some variation among large cities in Canada. In Edmonton, daily users comprised 59% of respondents. Vancouver (57.8%) and Calgary (56.1%) also had higher than average responses from daily users. The cities of Québec (41.7%) and Montréal (43.3%) had the smallest proportion of daily users reporting but had the highest rates of "a few times per month" users.

Recreational use highest in Montréal and Québec, lowest in Victoria

Recreational consumption was highest in Montréal and Québec, where over 80% of respondents indicated using cannabis for recreational purposes. This contrasts with Calgary and Edmonton where roughly half of the respondents indicated using cannabis for medical purposes.

Every city except Calgary reported higher medical use without a document than with a document.

We would like to thank Canadians for their continued support in helping Statistics Canada measure the evolving social and economic impacts related to the legalization of cannabis. We ask that you continue to submit information to the StatsCannabis crowdsourcing application so that we can create a rich open set of data all Canadians will be able to use to better understand the transition towards legalization. The information posted by Canadians during the period of January 25 to February 28 is now downloadable from the application.




  Note to readers

The reporting period for the crowdsourcing application as reported here is January 25 to March 31, 2018. Caution must be exercised when interpreting these data because the sample is self-selected and therefore subject to statistical bias. These results are based on 18,260 responses.

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Contact information

For more information, or to enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact us (toll-free 1-800-263-1136; 514-283-8300; STATCAN.infostats-infostats.STATCAN@canada.ca) or Media Relations (613-951-4636; STATCAN.mediahotline-ligneinfomedias.STATCAN@canada.ca).

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