A first-of-its-kind study based on marijuana consumption in Vancouver wants to look at how drug use will change if it becomes legal.
Research scientist Dr. M.J. Milloy says the results of the study could help form changes around cannabis policy if they understand how and what drug users are doing.
“As a way of trying to understand how drug policy affects how people use drugs and what the harms, in this case, what the harms of drug use is.”
Dr. Milloy says after speaking with experts in Washington State and Colorado, he says this is data policy makers would liked to see.
“One of the reasons why we’re doing the survey is to provide that sort of pre-legalization data so we can understand what impact legalization is having on the health of Canadians, what some of the benefits might be and how we could change the system if we find there are harms associated with legal cannabis.”
The survey is looking for one thousand anonymous adult respondents who buy marijuana from a dispensary in the city.
He says recent estimates show about 3 million Canadians use reefer and this data would also give a better explanation into why and how drug users consume marijuana.
The study is being conducted by the BC Centre on Substance Use and the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.