Marijuana is produced from the dried leaves and flowers of the hemp plant, Cannabis. Cultivation of the hemp plant has become more widespread globally with the development of indoor technologies. The primary psychoactive component of cannabis is delta-9-tetrahydro-cannabinol, more generally known as THC.
Not everyone agrees with the legalization of non-medical marijuana in Canada, with differences in opinion recorded among age groups and genders . As of October 2018, 52 percent of Canadians approved of legalization, while 41 percent disapproved. There is also a debate on how cannabis should be regulated, if it should be treated more like alcohol or tobacco. Directly after the legalization of recreational marijuana, about 7.4 percent of Canadians had used cannabis for non-medical purposes in the three months before December 2018.
As of April 2020, only six percent of Canadians reported that their cannabis consumption increased due to staying at home more as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown. However, by July 2020, around 17 percent of Canadians reported using cannabis at least once a month during the coronavirus pandemic. Consumption frequency of cannabis was highest amongst Canadians aged 18 to 34 years old. Due to a surge in demand in the wake of the coronavirus lockdown, the province of British Columbia witnessed a marked decline in cannabis inventory carry, from an average of 7.3 weeks pre-COVID crisis to about 4.2 weeks as of March 24, 2020.