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News (Media Awareness Project) - Canada: Majority Of Canadians In Favour Of Legalizing Marijuana
Title:Canada: Majority Of Canadians In Favour Of Legalizing Marijuana
Published On:2012-01-18
Source:National Post (Canada)
Fetched On:2012-01-20 06:00:20

Canadians have green on their minds, but not in the environmental
sense, according to a new poll.

Released on Tuesday, the poll suggests 66% of Canadians are in favour
of the legalization or decriminalization of marijuana, with just 20%
supporting leaving the laws as they are now.

The poll, conducted by Toronto-based Forum Research Inc., showed that
residents of British Columbia were the most likely to support
marijuana laws reform, with 73% of respondents indicating laws should
be changed. Quebec had the lowest support for reforms, though the
majority of respondents, 61%, supported changing marijuana

This public support comes on the heels of a new party policy approved
at the Liberal Party of Canada's renewal convention pushing for the
legalization and regulation of marijuana. While it was the Liberals'
youth wing who initially put forward the motion, the poll shows it's
baby boomers who are the most likely to respond favourably to new
marijuana legislation.

Respondents aged 55- to- 64 were the most likely to support
legalization or decriminalization, with 73% supporting a shift. All
other demographics polled in the mid- to- high- 60s in support of
marijuana law reform.

"The public no longer favours devoting the time and resources required
to restrict marijuana use and possession, while many feel the best
strategy is to legalize and tax its sale," wrote Lorne Bozinoff,
president of Forum Research Inc., in a press release accompanying the
research. "For a majority of Canadians, the war on this particular
drug needs to end."

But for all the fuss made at the Liberal renewal convention,
respondents who voted for the party in the 2011 election lagged behind
the NDP in their support for new regulations. Of Liberal-voting
respondents, 64% supported marijuana law reform, only polling higher
than Conservative voters, of which only 59% are in favour of change.
NDP voters were 71% in favour. Green Party-voters were the most likely
to support reform, according to the poll, with 78% of respondents in

The poll was conducted December 13th in an interactive voice response
telephone survey of 1,160 residents 18 or older, with a margin of
error of plus or minus 2.9%, 19 times out of 20.
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