Experimental Estimates of Cannabis Consumption in Canada, 1960 to 2015 - ARCHIVED

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On April 13, 2017, the Government of Canada tabled legislation to legalize the recreational use of cannabis by adults. This will directly impact Canada’s statistical system. The focus of this Economic Insights article is to provide experimental estimates for the volume of cannabis consumption, based on existing information on the prevalence of cannabis use. The article presents experimental estimates of the number of tonnes of cannabis consumed by age group for the period from 1960 to 2015. The experimental estimates rely on survey data from multiple sources, statistical techniques to link the sources over time, and assumptions about consumption behaviour. They are subject to revision as improved or additional data sources become available.

Issue Number: 2017077
Author(s): Macdonald, Ryan; Rotermann, Michelle

Main Product: Economic Insights

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