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Baby boomers are the largest consumers of cannabis in Canada

Statistics Canada has released its Cannabis Stats Hub, a comprehensive report about the impact of cannabis on Canada’s economy.

The new data has produced plenty of interesting nuggets of information regarding Canadians relationship with cannabis.

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The "Baby Boomer" generation, born between 1945 to 1964, have become larger consumers of cannabis, making up 23% of the overall share of consumers in 2017. That’s up from 4% in 1975.

In British Columbia, 13.6% of males in that demographic have reported using cannabis or hashish at least once in the 12-month period.

The Cannabis Stats Hub found that about 4.9 million Canadians aged 15 to 64 years old bought cannabis last year.

Canadian cannabis consumers spent about $1,200 each, mostly on recreational cannabis, which represented 90% of purchases, as opposed to medical marijuana.

In total, Canadians spent $5.7 billion on cannabis in 2016.

As a comparison, StatsCan points out that in 2016, Canadians spent $22.3 billion on alcohol and $16 billion on tobacco.

Most cannabis consumed in Canada comes from Canadian growers; Canadian production has grown on average more than 7% every year since 1961, according to StatsCan.

By comparison, in the 1960s, it is estimated around 40% of cannabis consumed in Canada came from overseas. In 2017, that figure was just 8%.

In total, says StatsCan, the size of the cannabis growing industry was $3 billion in 2017, bigger than the $1-billion tobacco industry and the $2.9-billion brewery industry.

The announcement comes as statisticians prepare for the upcoming legalization of cannabis across Canada, and how to measure the current illegal consumption.

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