B.C. consumes significantly more cannabis than any other Canadian province

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To the surprise of no one, B.C. loves cannabis — and now it has the numbers to prove it, City News reports.

British Columbia consumes significantly more cannabis than any other province, according to the recently-released 2019 United Nations World Drug Report.

The report’s findings, which also found cannabis to be the most popular drug in the world, indicate that residents of the West Coast province are by far country’s biggest pot enthusiasts.

Nearly 25 per cent of B.C. residents over the age of 15 reported using the drug in 2017, according to the UN report. In comparison, that number was 14 per cent in Ontario, 11 per cent in Quebec, and 15 per cent in Alberta. The closest runners-up were Nova Scotia, where nearly 19 per cent of residents over 15 reported having consumed cannabis that year, and Manitoba, where the number of 2017 cannabis consumers dropped to less than 16 per cent.

Cannabis use in the country rose nearly 15 per cent between 2011 and 2017, adding up to a spike of 62 per cent. Between 2004 to 2011, the number of users was nine per cent.

A man smokes marijuana as thousands of people gather at 4/20 celebrations on April 20, 2016 at Sunset Beach in Vancouver.

In the Americas, cannabis use rose about 1.5 per cent.

Published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the World Drug Report provides researchers with information relating to drug supply, demand and consumption habits across different countries and continents.

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