Anxiety lingers: Cannabis Countdown
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