From today's Vancouver Sun:
B.C. residents smoke most pot in Canada, report says
Daily marijuana use outstripping tobacco, UVic research indicates
BY RICHARD WATTS CanWest News Service
VICTORIA — People in B.C. smoke more marijuana than people in any other province in Canada, according to a study released Wednesday.
“There is more occasional and low-risk cannabis use, more tolerant attitudes, and greater availability in B.C. than in the rest of Canada,” says the study for Addictions Research of B.C. based at the University of Victoria.
“In B.C., cannabis, like alcohol, is now regarded as a ‘normal’ recreational drug.” In fact, daily use among young people in B.C. is outstripping tobacco.
And a majority in B.C. want cannabis decriminalized, says the study.
The study cites estimates that put the value of the cannabis industry in B.C. at as much as $3.64 billion a year.
The study, based on a 2004 Canadian Addiction Survey, said more British Columbians report having used cannabis (53 per cent), than other Canadians (44).
British Columbians also report it is easy to find — 65 per cent, versus only 44 in Canada.
Just one of the many "high" lights of our future home!