Poll Says Canadians Disagree With Politicians Over Where Legal Cannabis Should Be Sold

A solid majority of Canadians support, or somewhat support legalizing cannabis for recreational use, says a new Nanos survey of 1,000 people sponsored by The Globe and Mail.

Not surprisingly, British Columbians are most in favour of legalization, with 75 percent supportive or somewhat supportive. But other regions of the country are still mostly onside: Ontario (70.8 percent), Quebec (68.1 percent) and the Atlantic provinces (67.5 percent).

The only region where opinion is divided is the Prairies. There, only 54.6 percent of respondents said they were supportive or somewhat supportive of a legal recreational marijuana market.

The Nanos survey touched on other aspects of legalization that would interest Canadians:

  • More than 85 percent of respondents said marijuana should be sold in either special dispensaries or pharmacies.
  • A minority (35.6 percent) said it should sold in regulated liquor stories. This was a hot topic last fall, when several provincial leaders came out in support of selling marijuana in liquor stores.

The respondents were divided about whether to allow recreational users to grow their own cannabis at home, even when the Federal Court recently ruled that it was a constitutional right for medical marijuana users. Only 49 percent were supportive or somewhat supportive of allowing recreational users to do this as well.

h/t The Globe and Mail

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Alberta recently announced plans to stop licensing cannabis retailers until Canada's cannabis supply shortage has been resolved—a move some US experts think is the wrong way for the Canadian province to approach the issue. At the end of November, the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission (AGLC), which regulates the province's cannabis industry, said they would temporarily stop issuing licenses for new pot shops. The AGLC says they made that move because the province simply can't get enough cannabis to supply any more stores.

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