Most Canadians Want to Decriminalize or Legalize and Tax Pot

More than half of Canadians want laxer pot laws.

An exclusive Leger Marketing poll for QMI Agency found 21% think the federal government should decriminalize soft drugs like marijuana, while 34% say legalize it and tax it just like tobacco and alcohol.

But 20% of Canadians take an opposite view and think there should be even tougher penalties for people caught with cannabis.

The chronically contentious issue divides Canadians along lines of age, gender and geography — and only 16% think current laws are adequate.

Men are more likely to think marijuana should be legalized — 39% compared to 29% of women — and youth are more open to slacker laws than seniors. About 23% of respondents aged 18-34 think weed should be decriminalized, while 28% of those 65 or older want harsher penalties for smoking dope.

Leger vice-president Dave Scholz said Canadians have remained fairly consistent in their attitudes toward pot, but this poll reveals a growing demand for more liberal laws in Ontario. Quebec and British Columbia have traditionally led the charge for pot law reform.

But Scholz said the public opinion numbers aren’t overwhelming enough to necessarily demand swift action by the federal government one way or the other.

“I guess it comes down to what special interest group or what province is the government likely to listen to as they go forward,” he said. “Given that we’re at numbers of half saying decriminalize or legalize, is it the will of the nation? Possibly. Is it the best move forward for the government to take? That’s for them to figure out.”

British Columbians are most open to liberalizing laws, with nearly half who want to legalize the drug and tax it in the same fashion as cigarettes and booze.

Despite much political wrangling over the years, marijuana remains an illegal substance except for patients who receive exemptions from prosecution for medicinal purposes.

The Conservatives, who have tabled a slew of anti-drug initiatives since taking office, have no plan to soften laws.

“Unlike the Liberals, we have no intention of decriminalizing or legalizing marijuana,” said Pamela Stephens, a spokeswoman for Justice Minister Rob Nicholson.

She said the government launched the National Anti-Drug Strategy in 2007 to combat the “dangers and destruction” of drugs, investing $230 million for prevention, helping addicts get off drugs and cracking down on dealers.

“Our message is clear: if you sell or produce drugs, you’ll pay with jail time,” Stephens said.

The Leger online survey of 1,531 Canadians aged 18 or older was conducted July 26-28, and is considered accurate to within 2.5 percentage points.

– Article from Ottawa Sun.

Comments

3 Comments

  1. weeds on

    Order some seeds online.
    Check out you-tube pot grows
    Learn the basics on how to grow online.
    Experiment on your own with a few seeds at a time.
    Weed is super easy to grow, Thats why its called weed
    One good female plant can give you enough weed to last more than 2 years
    Male plants can also get you high, but its not as potent as the female buds.
    Screw the dealers man, 20 bucks for 2 grams is complete robbery.

    Grow your own stuff. Just grow one or two plants in your garden for personal use, share it with yoyr friends and family. Its free, fun, easy, its mother nature.

    Peace to everyone

  2. MOTFA on

    “Is it the best move forward for the government to take? That’s for them to figure out.”

    This statement is total bullshit. The government no matter if it is liberal or conservative should be forced by the people to figure this out one way or the other.

    Hell, these people can’t even give us clean drinking water and YOU want THEM to figure out sane drug policy?

    Get your head out of your ass.

  3. ??? on

    Based on my own knowledge, marijuana was first banned in Canada in 1923. It was then decriminalized in 2003 or 2004 for some time. The question is, why was it illegalized. We all see how much crime goes on in our cities because marijuana is the main source of the problem, but it wouldn’t be a problem nor would it be a crime if it was legalized or decriminalized like it was suppose to be. We also heard of the saying “gateway drug”, but in my opinion that saying is not true. The reason why I believe it does not classify as a gateway drug is because you don’t have to smoke marijuana to want to move onto further drugs. Each drug has its own effects, although ecstasy and cocaine may be similar, they are both very different from marijuana. What the law should take into consideration is that if marijuana would be legalized, crime would go down, and i don’t believe many people would be interested in taking other drugs when they have a substance that is naturally grown, and isn’t harmful to your body. Marijuana should be treated just like alcohol, used as medicine, and used for relaxation, and social purposes, but just like alcohol it should be treated with caution. Even though it may not be harmful to your body, your mind could be just like an alcoholics mind, motivation is down, with no care at all. If marijuana is all that, then it shouldn’t be illegal like any other hard drug. A lot of prisoners today are in prison because of the use of marijuana. Have they done anything wrong? Have they hurt anyone or done something wrong to society, if so they should remain there, but not for sitting down and relaxing yourself to a joint that won’t end up harming anyone else or further more yourself unless you overdo it. Alcohol is legal, and should be treated responsibly, marijuana should be treated the same way. That is why I for one vote for marijuana to be legalized or decriminalized. Please take this into consideration, because after all, we are all responsible for our own actions, and should decide whether or not we choose to use marijuana.

    Thank You.