Canadians consumed more than 20 grams of marijuana per person last year, spending $5.6 billion on the product, according to estimates from the government statistics agency.
Alberta placed third among provinces in per capita cannabis use in 2017 at 24.1 grams person, trailing Nova Scotia at 27.1 grams and British Columbia at 24.6.
The data on cannabis comes as part of Statistics Canada’s efforts to add production and consumption values to the country’s economic accounts before legalization is expected to take place later this year. About 4.9 million Canadians used weed in 2017 — spending an estimated $5.6 billion, revised down from $5.7 billion in a January survey.
Those figures come as the price per gram of cannabis continues its decade-long drop. In Alberta, that price declined to $7.51 last year.
The report also reaffirmed significant exports of marijuana in 2017, estimated at more than $1 billion. British Columbia accounted for 59 percent of shipments abroad.
The Ottawa-based agency cautioned that the historical data is “experimental” and drawn from incomplete surveys, given difficulty tracking the illegal part of the market.
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