Past week pot usage claimed by 1-in-10

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Past week pot usage claimed by 1-in-10

Close to one fifth of those under 35 claim use in past week

TORONTO April 16th, 2015 - In a random sampling of public opinion among 1365 Canadians 18 years of age and older taken by the Forum Poll™, one tenth explicitly claimed they had consumed cannabis in the past week (9%), while a further one tenth chose not to answer the question (8%) which may be interpreted as an admission. Thus, between one tenth and close to one fifth of all adult Canadians get stoned at least once a week. Just more than 8-in-10 explicitly say they have not used pot this recently (82%).

Between one fifth and one third of the youngest have used in past week

Among those most likely to claim past week pot usage are the youngest (17% claimed, 11% won’t say), males (12% and 8%), the least wealthy (less than $40K; a proxy for youth - 14% and 13%), Bloc Quebecois voters (29% and 5%, caution: small base size), the least educated (14% and 12%) and those reached by cell phone (another proxy for youth - 14% and 8%).

"Curiously, unlike most of the social issues we poll, there doesn’t appear to be a strong partisan element in marijuana usage; Conservatives are slightly less likely to claim to have got high in the past week, but a significant minority did" said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.

Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at or at (416) 960-9603.