Anx­i­ety lingers: Cannabis Count­down

The Southwest Booster - - FRONT PAGE - AN­GUS REID IN­STI­TUTE

With less than a month un­til the le­gal­iza­tion of recre­ational mar­i­juana, a new study from the An­gus Reid In­sti­tute finds Cana­di­ans are three times as likely to say that mea­sures in the law will fail rather than suc­ceed (57 per cent ver­sus 17 per cent) at pre­vent­ing mi­nors from ac­cess­ing cannabis after Oc­to­ber 17, and twice as likely to say they lack con­fi­dence in the abil­ity of their com­mu­nity po­lice to as­sess and pun­ish those driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of mar­i­juana (60 per cent to 32 per cent).

A ma­jor­ity (62 per cent) say they sup­port le­gal­iza­tion, but they are evenly di­vided about the abil­ity of the govern­ment to weaken the earn­ings of or­ga­nized crime in the near fu­ture. This, as ex­perts ex­pect le­gal pot to be more ex­pen­sive and less avail­able than il­licit forms in the first years of im­ple­men­ta­tion.

And while four-in-10 (40 per cent) say they’re ready to get on with a post-le­gal­iza­tion Canada, half (51 per cent) say they are wor­ried that their prov­ince is yet ill-pre­pared for the dead­line.

The full poll can be viewed at www.an­gus­reid.org/cannabisle­gal­iza­tion-oc­to­ber-2018

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