OTTAWA – A new poll suggests that legal cannabis storefronts are making headway in drug use in Canada.
The Canadian Cannabis Survey, released Monday, shows that 41% of Canadian cannabis consumers typically choose legal cannabis storefronts to purchase the product, an increase from just 24% in 2019.
Meanwhile, fewer Canadians are choosing illegal merchants and storefronts, the results show. However, the survey notes that this decrease may be due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The survey also showed that 70% of Canadians who have used cannabis in the past year rarely or never obtained cannabis through illegal means, with the price and safety of the product being the main factors explaining why they chose. to take the legal route.
In July, Canada passed through 1,000 cannabis stores across the country, according to BNN Bloomberg, although another 496 stores in Ontario were still awaiting provincial approval.
The survey also looked at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cannabis use in Canada and 22% of Canadian cannabis consumers increased their use during the pandemic, but 22% decreased. The remaining 56% said COVID-19 did not affect the frequency of their use.
Among those who have increased their use over the most popular reasons behind the increase are relaxation, boredom, and anxiety.