of Dispensaries in Toronto
Approval unchanged since before Project Claudia raids
In a random sampling
of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 882 Toronto voters two weeks
after the police raids on marijuana dispensaries, dubbed “Project Claudia”,
took place in Toronto, the plurality (46%) believes these establishments should
be allowed to operate in the city, while just more than a third thinks they
should not (36%). These findings are essentially the same as those noted in our
last poll on this issue (May 17, 2016, yes- 48%, no - 35%). Prior to that, in
March of this year, the majority was in favour of dispensaries (March 23, yes -
57%, no - 30%).
dispensaries is characteristic of the youngest (56%), mid income groups ($60K
to $80K - 55%), in the downtown (53%), among mothers of children under 18 (52%)
and among those who have used marijuana in the past (62%).
“It appears that,
after the initial enthusiasm for marijuana dispensaries leveled off after their
rapid proliferation, it hasn’t abated in the wake of the Project Claudia raids.
It may be that the public isn’t quite as shocked and appalled about these
places as the authorities have led us to believe” said Forum Research
President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.
Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at
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