Key info and stats related to the legalization of recreational marijuana on October 17, 2018:
- Medical marijuana has been legal in Canada since 2001.
- In 2017, there were over 201,000 thousand people using medical marijuana.
- In 2017, over 4.2 million Canadians (14%), 15 years of age and older, who admitted to using marijuana at some point over the previous three months. Over half of those, admit to using marijuana on a daily or weekly basis.
- THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the addictive element. It has increased from 3% in the 1980s to around 15% today. THC has significant negative short term and long term health effects.
- CDB (cannabidiol) is the non-intoxicating element in cannabis.
- Medical marijuana has most or all of THC removed.
· - courtesy of the Government of Canada