Marijuana culture is alive and well in Montreal, especially among the student population. Not that you really needed to be told, it’s a well-known fact in our fair city.
But when it comes to Canadian cities where university students smoke, Montreal comes out as number one. Yay?
To measure the rate at which Canadian university students smoke cannabis, Maclean’s magazine decided to rank universities based on marijuana use by the student population.
Over 22,000 students participated in the survey. Somewhat surprisingly, a majority (63%) of respondents said they never smoke weed. Only 5% reported to smoke a weekly.
Still, university students are smoking marijuana, and cannabis is more prevalent on certain campuses than others.
Bishop’s University ranked highest for marijuana use by the student population. 60% of respondents from Bishop’s reported smoking cannabis, at a rate ranging from once a year to daily.
Universities in Atlantic Canada dominate the top five spots, but then Montreal comes in strong.
McGill, Concordia, and UQAM all place in the top ten of universities with the highest percentage of students reporting various levels of marijuana use.
All three of these academic institutions are housed in Montreal, obviously. This fact is worth mentioning, however, since no other Canadian city boasts as many pot-head universities.
Let’s also not ignore the fact that Bishop’s University, the number one on the list, is in Quebec and only a couple of hours away from Montreal.
According to this survey, then, Montreal is Canada’s number one city to find university students smoking weed, and Quebec is the number one province.
Interestingly, the Maclean’s survey also breaks down marijuana use by academic program.
Somewhat unsurprisingly, philosophy students are the most prevalent weed smokers. 57% of philosophy students said they smoke marijuana to some degree.
Environmental science comes in at second (56%) with the surprise third place going to economics at 55%.
You’ll find the top ten Canadian schools for student cannabis smokers below, and be sure to check out the full list of universities (and academic programs) here.