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Six months after the legalization of cannabis, early data and interviews with store operators suggest a considerable number of Canadians are lighting up for the first time.
New statistics show the number of cannabis confiscations at the Canadian border increased more than 60 per cent year-over-year in the first six weeks after pot legalization.
The national statistics offices says legalizing cannabis doesn't seem to have much changed how many people use the drug.
Consumers in Atlantic Canada have purchased more cannabis than the rest of the country in the first two months since legalization, according to new data from Statistics Canada.
Cannabis store sales totalled $54 million in November, the first full month of legal recreational pot sales, according to Statistics Canada.
In the year leading up to legalization, there was a significant uptick in the use of cannabis, notably among millennials and people aged 50 and older, a long-running survey has found.
Statistics Canada says sales at cannabis stores in the two weeks after legalization totalled $43 million.
A new pilot study from Statistics Canada suggests Halifax has the highest rate of cannabis consumption per capita among five urban centres across the country.
Statistics Canada says Canadian spending on cannabis rose 1.1 per cent to roughly $5.9 billion on an annualized basis in the third quarter.
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