Canadians Are Already Spending Almost As Much On Marijuana As Wine

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Ron Strider

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Canadians consumed as much as $6.2 billion of marijuana in 2015, almost as much as they spent on wine, the federal statistics agency said Monday as it gears up to officially track weed when it becomes legal next year.

The agency calculated the value by estimating 4.9 million people consumed 698 million metric tons of cannabis that year, at an assumed price range of $7.14 to $8.84 a gram. It used government health and social surveys and outside research to create its model.

Statistics Canada called its report "Experimental Estimates of Cannabis Consumption in Canada, 1960 to 2015" and admitted there is "currently no systematic process" for measuring usage. The agency warned its estimate for the market is very rough, and actual consumption could "reasonably" be as low as half or as much as double.

Nonetheless, annual consumption appears to be one-half to two-thirds the size of the $9.2 billion beer market, or almost as much as the $7 billion wine market, the agency reported.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has committed to full legalization of recreational use by July next year, a move that's created a surge in the share prices of producers. Governments have said even as they aim to keep taxes on legal weed low to squeeze out criminal dealers, the new market may generate $400 million a year in revenue.

"It is necessary to adjust Canada's national statistics system to measure the economic and social impacts of legalized cannabis," Statistics Canada's report said.

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"The agency calculated the value by estimating 4.9 million people consumed 698 million metric tons of cannabis that year"
698 million tons divided by 4.9 million people = 142 metric tons per person per year! (or 313,056 pounds PER PERSON PER YEAR in freedom units, or simpler: 857 lbs PER DAY!)
I'm going to go ahead and call bullshit on this article's math. Even Snoop or Cheech and Chong together couldn't even smoke 857 lbs per day!

Ian Bastage

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I bathe in rosin every day to improve my skin tone, don't you? :Hookah: