Cannabis is le­gal, but de­bate con­tin­ues: Vast ma­jor­ity would set min­i­mum age for cannabis above 18 years

The Southwest Booster - - OPINION - AN­GUS REID IN­STI­TUTE

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.

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