By Emily Hagan-Schreiber, The Canadian PressJanuary 28, 2019 5:15:04A few years ago, Canada was the most-favoured country in the world for cannabis legalization.
Now, there’s a big gap.
And the gap is big.
A new poll finds a large majority of Canadians support legalizing cannabis, but most Canadians don’t know what it means.
The poll by Ipsos Reid suggests that’s a result of the fact most people don’t really understand the issue.
The poll also found Canadians want to see the government act on the issue and that there’s an appetite for change, but there’s also a reluctance to change.
“I think Canadians are going to need to work on changing the way they approach this,” said Ipsos Director General Lorne Bozinoff.
“That’s why it’s a good time for the federal government.”
The poll shows that nearly a quarter of Canadians think it’s very or somewhat likely that marijuana will be legalized in Canada.
And half of Canadians say it’s somewhat or very likely that legalization will be approved.
That’s a significant jump from the two-thirds who thought it would be unlikely.
But while the number of people who think legalization is likely to happen has remained relatively steady over time, the number who are willing to consider changing the law has fallen.
This means that a majority of people in Canada, and around the world, are willing, or are thinking, that legalization is a good thing.
And the survey also found that support for legalizing cannabis is strongest among young people, and in urban areas.
But the majority of those surveyed in the poll said that they want to be able to smoke pot freely.
The same was true of older people.
This poll was conducted online between January 26 and February 4 among a national sample of 1,000 adults aged 18 and over.
The margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
The full poll results: