Canadians love their Marijuana. It’s no surprise that when legalization kicked off last October that lineups would be around the block and the stores would be hit with massive shortages. People were quick to blame the government’s lack of preparation and even though that somewhat true, Canadians smoke a ton of weed.
Statistics Canada reports that fromOctober 2018 to December 2018, cannabis retailers sold roughly 15,694 kilograms of dried cannabis flower to Canadian consumers. That’s…a lot.
“Statistics Canada just released information on the total quantity of cannabis sold in the country since legalization. According to these reports, Canadians have purchased tens of thousands of kilograms of dried flower cannabis in only a few months. In fact, these numbers equate to roughly 31 million half-gram joints. That’s nearly one joint for every Canadian!”
According to CTV News, the total number of dried cannabis sold equates to around “31,388,000 half-gram joints”. This represents the total number of dried flower cannabis sold between October and December. Honestly, I’m surprised it isn’t more.
Think about it, Canada has a population of roughly 37 million. If about 31 million joints were smoked, that means almost every Canadian, in theory, smokes weed. We’ll chalk up the 6 million difference to straight-edge people, religious types, and people who freak out when smoking.
These figures represent online and retail sales for non-medical cannabis. Medical cannabis sales figures are much lower, but considering the availability of cannabis, this isn’t a surprise. Unfortunately, there’s no data (yet) that shows how many people still use black-market resources for their purposes.