Canadians and Opinions on Legalized Marijuana: Slow the Pace, We’re not Ready

June 28, 2018— While the federal government (and the Canadian Senate) moved quickly this past week to pass legislation that proclaimed legal marijuana would come to Canada on October 17, 2018, a majority (55%) of Canadians surveyed just days before the House rose for the summer break indicate they’d like to see the introduction of marijuana delayed for up to one year.

And there appear to be many undercurrents prompting the desire to slow the pace down.

The wide-ranging survey conducted by DART Insight found that a majority (53%) of Canadians are scared of the impact marijuana will have on their community with six in 10 (59%) who don’t believe their municipal Police Force is ready to handle legalized marijuana, and a majority (55%) who don’t believe their province has plans to deal with drivers who have used marijuana.

Further, while provinces are creating their own marijuana distribution channels, seven in 10 (69%) Canadians are concerned a large black market will exist for lower-priced marijuana—with a majority (73%) who want regulations for both marijuana and tobacco cigarettes applied equally.

And while just one in five (21%) are likely to partake in marijuana regularly when legally available, (and 9% are most likely to do so), half (51%) of Canadians are concerned with the potential addiction to marijuana among under aged kids with seven in 10 (67%) believing that adults with children should be banned from smoking marijuana in their home

Finally, while six in 10 (59%) Canadians are cynical about the political motivations behind marijuana legalization motives, two-thirds (65%) won’t reject the Liberals in next federal election specifically because of it coming to fruition.