Who uses cannabis?
The use of cannabis in Canada is not restricted to any particular geographical region or part of society. Cannabis users are found in all age groups and at all education and income levels. A 2002 survey of Alberta students (grades seven to twelve) found that 28 per cent had used marijuana at least once in the 12 months before the study; seven per cent had used it frequently (once or more per day). According to a 1998 study, twenty-nine per cent of Canadian university students had used cannabis in the previous year. In Canada’s Alcohol and Other Drugs Survey (conducted in 1994), 7.4 per cent of Canadians and 8.4 per cent of Albertans aged 15 or over reported using marijuana in the preceding year. More Canadian men (10 per cent) than women (4.9 per cent) reported using it. Among AADAC clients receiving treatment services in 2003/2004, 19 per cent of adults (18 years and older) and 28 per cent of adolescents (less than 18 years old) reported cannabis as their drug of concern in the previo