For hundreds of thousands of Canadians, apparently all it took to try marijuana for the first time was the nation’s permission.
Almost double the number of people reported using cannabis products for the first time in the first three months of this year compared with the same period last year, from 327,000 to 646,000, according to a survey by the Canadian government.
Recreational marijuana became legal in Canada in October.
In all, just over 5.3 million Canadians over the age of 15 used cannabis, according to the survey, some 1.2 million more than in 2018.
“What really stood out to me was the first-time use,” said Sally Yageric, director of community-based programs at the Erie County Council for the Prevention of Alcohol and Substance Abuse. “A lot of people don’t do things because it’s against the law. Now it’s OK [in Canada]. The people who have been waiting for that, they’re…