One Quarter Have Smoked Pot In Mississauga

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One Quarter Have Smoked Pot In Mississauga

One twentieth live near a marijuana dispensary, plurality don’t approve

OTTAWA, May 24th, 2016 – In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 722 Mississauga adults 18 and over, just less than one fifth say they have used marijuana in the past (18%) and a further one tenth prefer not to answer rather than deny it (9%), which suggests as many as a quarter or more of Mississaugans have smoked pot (27%). Claimed consumption of cannabis is common to the youngest (under 35 - 25%) and the boomers (55 to 64 - 25%), males (22%) rather than females (14%), the very wealthiest (($100K to $250K - 34%), in the northwest quadrant of the city (west of Hurontario, north of Eglinton - 26%), among renters (27%) rather than owners (15%) and among those who disapprove of Mayor Crombie (27%). As a comparison, in recent polling, past usage was higher in Vancouver (April 25 - 40%), Toronto (March 23 - 36%) and Ottawa (May 19 - 34%).

One twentieth live near a dispensary

One twentieth of Mississaugans share their neighbourhoods with a marijuana dispensary (5%), and this is most common among the youngest (10%), the least wealthy (often a proxy for youth, less than $20K - 13%, $20K to $40K - 12%) and the very wealthiest ($100K to $250K - 12%), These dispensaries appear to be most common in the northeast quadrant of the city (14%) and in the neighbourhoods of those who have used marijuana (13%). In comparison, in Toronto, in March, one tenth shared their neighbourhoods with dispensaries (11%), but by May this had doubled to 23%. In Vancouver, in April, the majority had a dispensary in their neighbourhood (58%), while, in May, Ottawa had dispensaries in one tenth of neighbourhoods (9%).

One half unsure if dispensaries legal or not

One half of Mississauga voters don’t know whether marijuana dispensaries are legal business (48%), and among those who have an opinion, illegal (33%) outweighs legal (19%). In comparison, a quarter or more in other cities believe they are legal (Toronto, May 17 - 26%, Ottawa, May 19 - 25%).

One twenty fifth may have medical marijuana scrip

One fiftieth of Mississaugans claim to have a medical marijuana card or prescription (2%) and the same proportion prefer not to answer rather than deny it (2%), which suggests that as many as 4-in-100 voters in the city are prescribed medicinal marijuana (4%). Claimed status is highest among the youngest (5%), the least wealthy (13%, often a proxy for youth), in the northeast quadrant (12%) and among marijuana users (12%). In comparison, in Toronto and Ottawa, a similar proportion claim medical marijuana status (2% each) while the rate is much higher in Vancouver (8%).

“Mississauga appears to be a healthy distance removed from the frenzied pace at which dispensaries are opening in other cities, and it appears Mississaugans are more skeptical of the benefits of these establishments than they are elsewhere” said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.

Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at or at (416) 960-9603.