50% of Canadians don’t think government is ready for cannabis legalization

Sep 25 2018, 4:33 pm

While 40% of Canadians say they’re ready to get on with cannabis legalization in Canada in less than a month from now, half of them say they are worried that their province is “ill-prepared” for the deadline.

And on a more local level, 60% of those surveyed, and at least half across all ages and political affiliations, say they are not confident that their community police are ready to effectively manage these changes.

These are just some of the findings from a new Angus Reid survey that looked at attitudes towards legalization across the country, as the October 17 deadline draws ever-closer.

The study also found that Canadians are three times as likely to say that measures in the law will fail rather than succeed (57% versus 17%) at preventing minors from accessing cannabis after October 17, and twice as likely to say they lack confidence in the ability of their community police to assess and punish those driving under the influence of marijuana (60% to 32%).

In addition, 62% of those surveyed said they support legalization, but they are evenly divided about the ability of the government to “weaken the earnings” of organized crime in the near future.

Broken down further, British Columbia is the only province where more residents say they are confident (48%) that their government is ready for legalization than not confident (40%). The second group outweighs the first in all other regions canvassed, with Ontario voicing the least confidence (36%).

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