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Canadians' enthusiasm for edible cannabis isn't as 'high' as it once was, study finds

Last Updated May 9, 2019 at 11:42 am PDT

Edible cannabis products for sale at 4/20 at Sunset Beach in 2019. (Source: Monika Gul/NEWS 1130)
Summary

New study has found support for legalized edible marijuana in Canada appears to be dropping, months before legalization

According to the study, people are worried about how easy it is to go overboard when consuming edibles

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – There are less than six months to go until edible marijuana products become legal across Canada, but it seems our support for them has dropped.

A new study has also found one of Canadians’ biggest concerns is that they’re so easy to over-consume.

In fact, almost two-thirds of Canadians — 60 per cent — said so, according to the study’s lead author and Dalhousie University Agrifood professor, Dr. Sylvain Charlebois.

“So people are more concerned and less certain about the idea of legalizing cannabis,” he said. “We were surprised… by the findings.”

Even so, he does expect edible popularity to be relatively high. Charlebois also expects stringent Health Canada requirements to make producing them cost-prohibitive, leading to a surge in black market products coming from the U.S.

Overall, support for legalization has dropped slightly, with 49 per cent of respondents still in favour of it, down from 68 per cent in 2017.

The study has found there’s been a seven per cent increase in uncertainty about legalization since the previous research was conducted.

“With cannabis edibles being legalized in October, we are frankly curious about the decrease in interest expressed by survey respondents,” Brian Sterling, another of the report’s co-authors, said. “We would like to understand that shift. It will be interesting to see how this perspective evolves as cannabis and infused products become more commonplace.”