Cannabis is legal, but debate continues: Vast majority would set minimum age for cannabis above 18 years
Less than a month since Canada became just the second country in the world to legalize the sale and consumption of recreational cannabis a new study from the Angus Reid Institute finds threequarters of Canadians believe the minimum age to purchase and consume cannabis should be raised.
While just over one-in-four (27 per cent) say that 18, the number set by the federal government as the minimum in any jurisdiction, is the right age, nearly the same number (26 per cent) believe that 21 would be more appropriate. Another 23 per cent would like to see the age raised even higher.
Differences of opinion on this, and issues of satisfaction post-legalization, are driven largely by age. Those respondents between the ages
New data from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) reveals that twothirds of Canadian small businesses have been negatively affected by the Canada Post strike. As a result, CFIB is calling on the federal government to quickly pass back to work legislation to get mail and parcel delivery back on track as the critical holiday period draws near. Canada Post Corporation reported yesterday that it has exhausted its negotiation efforts and customers should expect prolonged delivery delays for the foreseeable future.
“The rotating strikes have gone on long enough,” said Dan Kelly, CFIB president. “A full two-thirds of Canadian small firms have been negatively affected by the strike, and those firms have incurred nearly $3,000 in added costs due to lost orders, late payments and the need to shift to more expensive alternatives.”
CFIB conducted a special survey of its members in most provinces starting on November 18, and preliminary data found:
- 88 per cent of Saskatchewan small firms (87 per cent nationally) viewed Canada Post’s delivery services as important to their business;
- 57 per cent of Saskatchewan small firms (67
of 18 and 34 are twice as likely to say that they are pleased (44 per cent) rather than disappointed (22 per cent) to see marijuana available for recreational use, while the opinions of those over the age of 55 are inverted, with 23 per cent pleased and 43 per cent disappointed.