Some medical research into the effects of cannabis has been similarly hindered, and the territory’s new chief public health officer – Dr Kami Kandola – told journalists she expected to see the quality and quantity of such research improve once cannabis becomes legal.
In Yellowknife, where the population is around 20,000, Statistics Canada said roughly 4,300 people claimed to have used cannabis in a three-month period from April to June 2018.
That represents 26.8 percent of people aged 15 or older, which was the group surveyed. Based on those self-reported figures, the territory’s 25 percent estimate would be fractionally low – and that’s while the drug was still illegal – though the survey focused on Yellowknife and did not take into account the wider NWT.
The percentage reported by Statistics Canada for Yellowknife was the second-highest in Canada, behind only Iqaluit, which stood at 33 percent.
Statistics Canada explained this by stating: “With use being more common among the young and given that different regions of the country vary in their concentrations of youth, it is likely that at least some of the geographic variation in cannabis use prevalence is due to demographics, that is, the age profile of a region.
“This is particularly true of the territorial capitals where the populations tend to be considerably younger than in the rest of the country.”