An East Delta cannabis greenhouse operation has hit another milestone.
Growing organically certified product at its 125,000-square-foot facility on 104th Street, Rubicon Organics Inc. announced that it has signed a cannabis purchase and sale agreement with the Yukon Liquor Corporation for the distribution of cannabis products to consumers in Yukon Territory.
The company says it has received its first purchase order and is expecting to make its first shipment this month.
That brings Rubicon cannabis now available in stores and online in seven Canadian provinces and territories.
More Canadians are consuming cannabis
Meanwhile, a recent Health Reports study released by Statistics Canada this week found that by late 2020, one in five Canadians (20 per cent) reported having used cannabis in the previous three months, which was more than both the 14 per cent reporting use before legalization and the 18 per cent reporting use in the first few months after enactment of the Cannabis Act in 2018.
Daily or almost daily use also increased to 7.9 per cent from 6.1 per cent in 2019 and 5.4 per cent in 2018.
With the inclusion of data collected after the COVID-19 pandemic was declared, and wide-ranging public health measures dramatically changed daily routines, it is possible that some of the changes in consumption reported may be related to the pandemic, Statistics Canada states.
According to another Stats Canada study, the National Cannabis Survey, released in March 2021, more than one in three Canadians (34 per cent) who had previously consumed cannabis said their consumption had increased compared with the pre-pandemic period.
Stress, boredom and loneliness, but also ease of access to cannabis, were all cited as reasons.
Although the majority (54 per cent) of people who had previously consumed cannabis did not increase their consumption during the pandemic, many of them continued to consume cannabis most days of the week, the study found.
However, the permanence of this increase will be determined only with regular monitoring and once significant proportions of the population have been vaccinated and daily routines largely reinstated, Stats Canada notes.