Introduction · Methods · Cannabis consumption and products used · Driving and cannabis. People who reported using cannabis in the past 12 months were asked who they had regularly obtained it from in the past 12 months. Ontario currently has so many licensed cannabis stores, 1,175 of them that experts predict major stores will close. Groups with economic interests in the sale of cannabis already claim that current regulations, such as taxes on cannabis, child-proof packaging and restrictions on cannabis advertising, including on social media, are restricting innovation.
There is considerably less research and data available on these less traditional and newer forms of cannabis (for example, the same people were asked if they were driving a vehicle within two hours after using cannabis in combination with other drugs). The social acceptability of occasional or regular consumption of alcohol, tobacco and cannabis was higher among people who reported using cannabis in the past 12 months compared to those who did not report using cannabis. People who had used cannabis in the past 12 months were asked if they would be more willing to publicly disclose their use of cannabis now that it is legal. Men had a higher prevalence (21%) of driving within two hours after using cannabis in combination with alcohol than women (15%).
This information may have created a participation bias, as those who use cannabis may have been more likely to complete the survey. The report's findings were derived from a study that included up to 16,467 respondents aged 15 and over, and show an overview of the impact of legalization on consumption amid a maturing legal cannabis industry. At the end of last year, 20% of Canadians aged 15 and older—or nearly 6.2 million people—reported using cannabis in the previous three months, according to Statistics Canada. Overall, 52% of people thought it could take up to four hours to feel the full effects of eating or drinking cannabis, while 10% didn't and 38% weren't sure.
For this and other methodological reasons, the CCS may provide higher estimates of cannabis use than other surveys at the Canadian population level, which are specifically designed to measure the prevalence of use. It's significantly different compared to women for driving within two hours of smoking or vaporizing cannabis and for driving four hours after ingesting a cannabis product. People who bought cannabis for medical purposes in the past 30 days also reported the average price per unit per type of product.