6-in-10 approve of legal pot
Almost a quarter will use it when legal
28th, 2016 - In a random sampling of public
opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1157 Ontario voters, just shy of 6-in-10
approve of legalized marijuana (56%), while just more than a third disapprove
(36%). Less than one tenth have no opinion (7%). Levels
of support have remained stable since we last polled this in December, 2015
(approve - 56%). Approval is characteristic of the youngest (72%), males (60%)
rather than females (53%), the least wealthy (often a proxy for youth - 63%)
and the very wealthiest ($100K to $250K - 63%), in Eastern Ontario (65%), among
Liberals (71%) and New Democrats (69%) but not among PCs (38%) and among the
best educated (post grad - 63%).
legalization is common to the oldest (47%), the less wealthy (in this case,
probably a proxy for age - $20K to $40K - 41%), in Southwestern Ontario (42%),
among PCs (56%), mothers of children under 18 (43%) and the least educated
(secondary school or less - 41%).
Close to one quarter will use pot when legal
Close to one quarter of Ontario voters will use marijuana in
the next year if it becomes legal (23%) and this is especially characteristic
of the youngest (32%), males (25%) more so than females (20%), the least
wealthy (a proxy for youth - 30%), in Northern Ontario (30%), among New
Democrats especially (29%), but not among PCs so much (16%). This level of
intended usage has stayed stable since December (22%).
Dispensaries and pharmacies favoured for retail, not LCBO
One half of Ontario voters think the most appropriate place
to sell legal marijuana is either at specialized marijuana dispensaries (52%)
or at pharmacies or drug stores (51%), rather than at the LCBO (38%). Since
December, interest in marijuana dispensaries and the LCBO as retail channels
has declined (from 57% and 44%, respectively). Pharmacies were not tracked in
December. Opposition to the LCBO as a retail channel is much higher (54%) than
opposition to either of the other two (pharmacies - 40%, dispensaries - 34%).
Approval of individual grower exemption down
Four-in-ten Ontario voters say individuals should be allowed
to grow their own marijuana (41%), whereas one half do not (50%). One tenth
don’t have an opinion (9%). This is a change from December, when there was an
even split in opinion (44% in favour, 45% opposed). The profile of those who
support a grow your own exemption is similar to that of Ontarians who will use
legal marijuana - younger, less wealthy and wealthy as well, in Eastern and
Northern Ontario and New Democrats.
“These findings confirm not only the steadfastness of support
for legal weed, but also validate our polling, in that findings have not
statistically varied in the four months between these two waves of tracking," said Forum Research President, Dr.
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