Cannabis Count­down: Anx­i­ety lingers over its im­pact

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Prairies - CON­TRIB­UTED

With days 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% ver­sus 17%) 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% to 32%).

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-ten (40%) say they’re ready to get on with a post-le­gal­iza­tion Canada, half (51%) say they are wor­ried that their prov­ince is yet ill-pre­pared for the dead­line.

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