If you fear that marjiuana legalization will turn Canada into a country of anti-social stoners who watch TV all day, a new study might reassure you.
They’re more likely to have seen a movie, gone to a music festival, a museum, a pub or club in the last month than the respondents who don’t consume weed.
A concertgoer smokes marijuana at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. April 12, 2014. (Photo: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)
More than half of the Canadian respondents who used pot had done so compared to a just third of those who didn't.
The results were similar for Americans — 38 per cent compared to 22 per cent.
U.S. pot users tended to be more educated, too. The survey found that 36 per cent of them had at least a bachelor's degree compared to 30 per cent of non-users.
There was no education data for Canadians.
"While these research findings differ largely from public perception of cannabis users, they validate what our brand has sought to do — to defy the conventional wisdom and clichés surrounding cannabis use,” said Civilized publisher Derek Riedle.
Customers buy marijuana products at the Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a medicinal marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles, Calif. on March 24. (Photo: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)
Many of the Canadians also didn’t spend their high time binging Netflix shows alone — 36 per cent of them said they did housework. More than half said they spent time with friends and 36 per cent said they did "creative activities."
Nearly one in five Canadian respondents said they used marijuana, and the gender balance of users was similar to that of the Canadian population.
More than 80 per cent of Canadians interviewed said they supported legalization in some form and 44 per cent said they backed it for both medical and recreational use.
1,600 North American adults were surveyed for Civilized and PSB's study.
Another recent study reveals that most Canadians don't think the drug is incredibly dangerous. Only 18 per cent of respondents to a DIG Insights survey said they thought it was "very harmful," compared to 19 per cent for alcohol, a quarter for processed sugar and 33 per cent for saturated fat.
The Canadian government aims to make the drug legal by July of next year.