More stats on pot use

  • Canada has one of the highest rates of marijuana use in the world – more than 40% of Canadians have used it in their lifetime and about 10% have used it in the past year (Source: Health Canada)
  • Canadian teens lead the developed world in marijuana use. A 2009 World Health Organization Study of 29 developed nations found 28 per cent of Canadian 15-year-olds admitted to using the drug in the past year
  • Most people who use marijuana do not use other illegal drugs (Source: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health)
  • Marijuana use alone does not increase the likelihood a person will progress to other illegal substances (Source: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health)
  • About 60,000 Canadians are arrested for simple possession of marijuana every year, which is nearly 3% of all arrests, according to Stats Canada (Source: Statistics Canada, 2013)
  • In 2002, the annual cost of enforcing marijuana possession laws was around $1.2 billion (Source: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health)
  • Colorado has a higher than average number of heavy users. About 23% of marijuana users consume daily, compared to 17% across the U.S. (Source:  U.S. National Survey on Drug Use and Health)