OTTAWA - Facts and figures on the medical marijuana regime in Canada, which is changing rules by March 31, 2014, to encourage large private-sector growers:

Current number of medical marijuana users approved by Health Canada: 37,359, up from 477 in 2002.

Number of patients with personal licences to grow marijuana for themselves: 25,600 (ends March 31, 2014)

Number of growers licenced to produce marijuana for a maximum of two patients each: 4,200 (ends March 31, 2014)

Current number of entrepreneur applications to grow medical marijuana under new rules allowing larger facilities: 156

Health Canada's current price for medical marijuana produced under contract: $5 a gram (government sales end March 31, 2014)

Health Canada's projection of profitable private-sector price in 2014 after the new free-market kicks in: $7.60

Projection of average price as market matures in several years: $8.80

Advertised price of products of CannaMed, the first licensed distributor in the new system: $9 to $12 a gram

Current estimated cost of black-market dried marijuana purchased on the street: $10 to $15 a gram

Projected total additional cost to all approved patients as a result of the new system: $166 million a year for 10 years

Health Canada projection of number of approved medical marijuana patients in 2014: up to 58,000

Projection of number of patients by 2024: Up to 450,000

Sales projections for the new industry by 2024: $1.3 billion a year.

(Sources: Health Canada; CannaMed)

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    3,429,678 people These are the <a href="http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130918/dq130918a-eng.htm" target="_blank">StatsCan totals</a> for Canadians age 15 years and older in the 12 months of 2012. Use included cannabis and hashish.

  • 10. Saskatchewan - 10.1 Per Cent

    81,676 people

  • 9. P.E.I. - 10.4 Per Cent

    12,437 people

  • 8. New Brunswick - 11 Per Cent

    68,444 people

  • 7. Newfoundland And Labrador - 11.1 Per Cent

    47,344 people

  • 6. Quebec - 11.5 Per Cent

    763,278 people

  • 5. Manitoba - 11.5 Per Cent

    110,235 people

  • 4. Alberta - 11.8 Per Cent

    361,247 people

  • 3. Ontario - 12.1 Per Cent

    1,331,299 people

  • 2. B.C. - 14.2 Per Cent

    538,434 people

  • 1. Nova Scotia - 14.8 Per Cent

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    - 4.55 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year. All data from <a href="http://www.unicef.org/policyanalysis/index_68637.html" target="_blank">UNICEF'S Child Well-Being Index</a> for 2013.

  • 28. Sweden

    - 5.54 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 27. Romania

    - 6.08 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 26. Greece

    - 6.6 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 25. Iceland

    - 7 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 24. Finland

    - 8.02 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 23. Germany

    - 8.55 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 22. Austria

    - 10.04 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 21. Portugal

    - 10.05 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 20. Hungary

    - 10.54 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 19. Denmark

    - 11.51 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 18. Slovakia

    - 13.04 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 17. Ireland

    - 13.11 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 16. Lithuania

    - 14.24 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 15. Poland

    - 14.60 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 14. Estonia

    - 14.69 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 13. Luxembourg

    - 15 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 12. Belgium

    - 16.07 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 11. Italy

    - 16.62 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 10. Netherlands

    - 17.05 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 9. The United Kingdom

    - 17.45 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 8. Slovenia

    - 18 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 7. Latvia

    - 18.5 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 6. Czech Republic

    - 21.49 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 5. The United States

    - 22.05 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 4. France

    - 22.54 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 3. Spain

    - 24.06 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 2. Switzerland

    - 24.13 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 1. Canada

    - 28 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.