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Men twice as likely to smoke pot as women, Statistics Canada says

A man lights a marijuana cigarette at on April 25, 2017. Canadian males are almost twice as likely to have consumed cannabis as their female counterparts, Statistics Canada data reveals. Almost 21 per cent of males reported using cannabis in the first half of 2019 compared with only 12 per cent of females. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Joe Mahoney

OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says Canadian men are almost twice as likely to use pot as women.

New data from the National Cannabis Survey today shows 16 per cent of Canadians over 15 years old report using pot in April, May or June.

That’s down slightly from 17.5 per cent in the first three months of the year.

The survey suggests Men are more likely to use pot daily or weekly than women, and are also more likely to use it for non-medicinal purposes.

About four in 10 marijuana users say they bought pot illegally.

Recreational marijuana became legal in Canada last October and Statistics Canada is tracking consumption habits every three months.

The Canadian Press