Canadians keen on pot legalization, but divided on timeline: survey

Dec 1 2017, 6:53 am

While most Canadians back the federal government’s move toward the legalization of marijuana, they remain divided on the planned July 1, 2018 implementation date.

In fact, according to a new Angus Reid survey, more than half of Canadians – including 60% in Quebec and Ontario – say they aren’t sure their province will be ready in time.

Further, despite two-thirds support for legalization in the survey, nearly half of respondents want Ottawa to push back the legalization date to give provinces more time to prepare.

This is not the case, however, on Canada’s coasts. Some 70% of respondents in Atlantic Canada and British Columbia said the timeline should stay in place.

The survey also found that 41% of respondents agree the government’s $1/gram excise tax was the right amount to add on top of existing sales taxes.

Asked about the government’s plan to split the revenue 50/50 between the provincial and federal governments, 56% of those surveyed agree with the plan.

The survey was conducted online from November 14 – 20 among a representative randomized sample of 1, 510 Canadian adults who are members of the Angus Reid Forum.

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