Canada Cannabis Legalization – Poll Suggests Canadians Are Split On Government’s Plans.

A new Candian poll suggests the government’s deadline for the legalization of cannabis may be too early.

While more than half of respondents in an Angus Reid Institute (ARI) poll said they backed the July 1 target set by the Liberals, 47 percent said they want the legalization of cannabis pushed back.

Breaking Down The Results:

Legislation of cannabis is well supported but can government do it.
Notably, at least six-in-ten Canadians across each age demographic support legalization.

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ARI found that the Conservative voters have the strongest vote. They also hold the vote in Senate. Liberal supporters are backing the July 1st deadline.  So, while the support for cannabis legalization is there, more than half believe the government is not ready. Therefore, the country cannot handle it. Fifty-five percent of respondents are not confident in their province’s ability to have a plan for the summer.

Furthermore, The federal government has laid out some requirements in the pot plan. Setting the minimum age to purchase pot at 18, it has left a lot of the details and processes for provincial governments to sort out.

B.C. and Atlantic Canada Have The Most Faith

B.C. and Atlantic Canada respondents seem to have the most faith in their provincial governments’ preparations.

In Saskatchewan, the government has not released its full plan.  Only 31 percent of Saskatchewan believe their province will be ready to handle legal marijuana by next year. Similarly, Ontario and Quebec, where only 35 percent and 37 percent of respondents are confident in their government’s preparations.

Additionally, some premiers say the governments need more time to prepare. This will be a seismic shift to their provinces. Some police services across Canada have expressed similar apprehension, saying they need more time to train their officers for the new marijuana regime.

“There are too many unanswered questions, too many issues that have not been addressed for us to rush into what is an historic change,” Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister

Excise Tax Angers Patients

Legislation of cannabis is well supported but can government do it.
Notably, at least six-in-ten Canadians across each age demographic support legalization.

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ARI also queried respondents on the government’s proposed $1 per gram excise tax on sales up to $10. The majority ruled in favour.

The federal government and the provinces would evenly split the revenues from the tax. The tax angered some premiers. In addition, Premiers argued that the plan was unfair as their provinces would bear the brunt of enforcing the pot plan.

Advocates for medical marijuana patients, who would be similarly affected by the tax, also voiced their opposition to the proposal.

Notably, Trudeau said the level of taxation on marijuana and revenue sharing are still matters under negotiations.

Thursday’s survey comes three days after Bill C-45, the legislation housing the government’s legal pot plan, cleared the House of Commons. The Bill will head to Senate to be reviewed.

The Angus Reid Institute’s conducted an online poll with 1,510 Canadian adults between Nov. 14-20. For comparison purposes only, the firm says a probability sample of this size would carry a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

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