Five years after legalizing non-medical cannabis, Canada is witnessing a rise in its use among young adults, with more than a third reporting consumption in the past 12 months, Statistics Canada said.

In a 2023 national cannabis survey, released on March 18, the agency found that over one-third of Canadian adults in the age groups of 18 to 24 (38.4 percent) and 25 to 44 (34.5 percent) had used cannabis in the previous year. This translates to about 5.3 million Canadians aged 18 to 44 who have been using it, according to 2023 population data.

StatCan also found that one in seven adults aged 45 and older (15.5 percent) reported using cannabis in the previous year, totalling 2.7 million Canadians.

“Younger Canadians are twice as likely to use cannabis than older Canadians,” the report stated, adding that “frequent cannabis use may be a sign of dependence.”

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