Statistics Canada released the pilot test results of its study on Wastewater-based estimates of cannabis and drug use in Canada. The yearlong pilot project between March of 2018 and February of 2019 tested municipal wastewater in Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Edmonton, and Vancouver (representing a combined 20% of the Canadian population) for traces of cannabis and other drugs.

  • The study found the highest concentrations of cannabis traces in Montreal and Halifax, whose results were between 2.5 and 3.8 times higher than those of Vancouver, Toronto, or Edmonton.
    CBC British Columbia
  • Cannabis use appeared to spike seasonally in May, June, and December, though study authors acknowledge those spikes may have been caused by “factors related to the wastewater sampling.”
  • Cocaine traces were roughly standard across all cities.
  • Meth traces were much higher in both Edmonton and Vancouver than in Montreal, Toronto, and Halifax (in descending order) combined.

The report concludes the variation on per-capita traces of cannabis and meth suggests individual “large cities within the same country may have distinct drug-use profiles.”
Vancouver Sun

Quick Hits

  1. Considering the first nine months of Statistics Canada numbers on cannabis economics since legalization, Bloomberg‘s David George-Cosh concluded, “The cannabis black market GDP (market value of all the final goods and services produced) has declined by 21% since cannabis was legalized in Canada in October. Also, the legal cannabis industry’s GDP has doubled since legalization. It’s also almost surpassed the black market in less than a year.”

  2. Another Newfoundland REC retailer attacked provincial REC regulations, saying prices on bulk items are too high and it’s unfair that stores can only sell products directly related to cannabis.
    Western Star