The report, which was released earlier today, found that the proportion of Quebecers aged 15 and higher who reported using cannabis three months prior to taking the survey had increased from 11 per cent in 2018 to 13 per cent in 2019.
The Institute de la statistique du Québec surveyed 10,192 people from February 2019, to June 2019. According to the press release, the survey explored the frequency of cannabis and use, supply sources of cannabis, as well as its public perception.
The proportion of cannabis users aged 35 to 54 also saw a slight increase from 9 per cent in 2018 to 13 per cent in 2019. The report however noted that the proportion of cannabis users aged 15 to 17, 18 to 24, and 25 to 34 did not see any significant changes.
There was an increase in the number of surveyed Quebecers aged 15 years and older that considered occasional cannabis use to be socially acceptable, from 49 per cent in 2018 to 62 per cent in 2019.
According to the survey, the main sources of cannabis from people who had used it 12 months prior to taking the survey were a family member, friend, or acquaintance, the Société québécoise du cannabis, and an illegal supplier.
The report concludes that the results of the 2019 survey with the 2018 survey should be compared with caution.
“Indeed, two observations over time are often not sufficient to identify a trend,” the press release said, adding that a third edition of the Quebec Cannabis Survey will further study the trends of cannabis use in Quebec since it was legalized.