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[h5]Angus Reid Global Monitor : Polls & Research[/h5][h1]Canadians Support Marijuana Legalization[/h1] June 28, 2007
http://www.angus-reid.com/polls/index.cfm/fuseaction/viewItem/itemID/16300(Angus Reid Global Monitor) - Many adults in Canada believe the consumption of cannabis should be permitted by law, according to a poll by Angus Reid Strategies. 55 per cent of respondents think marijuana should be legalized in the country, but less than 10 per cent agree with authorizing the consumption of five other illegal drugs.
In July 2002, Canada became the first nation in the world to regulate the consumption of cannabis for medical reasons. In the 2006 federal election, the Marijuana party—which seeks the outright legalization of the substance—received 0.1 per cent of the popular vote.
In November 2004, the Canadian federal government—headed at the time by Liberal prime minister Paul Martin—re-introduced a controversial bill that sought "alternate penalty frameworks" for the possession of small amounts of marijuana. The bill, which would have allowed any person caught with 15 grams of the drug or less to face fines instead of criminal charges, was never put to a vote in the House of Commons.
On Mar. 19, finance minister Jim Flaherty delivered Canada’s federal budget and discussed specific measures to deal with drug abuse, saying, "Many serious crimes link back to the drug trade. Grow-op or meth labs are being found in residential neighbourhoods. Gangs distribute those drugs. Then innocent people get hurt as a result of gang warfare. That’s unacceptable." 43 per cent of respondents think Canada has a serious drug abuse problem which affects the whole country, 39 per cent believe Canada’s drug abuse problem is confined to specific areas and people, and 11 per cent say Canada does not have a serious drug abuse problem.
As far as specific proposals to deal with drug abuse, 86 per cent of respondents support introducing a National Anti-Drug Strategy, including a nationwide awareness campaign to discourage young Canadians from using drugs, and 71 per cent are in favour of ensuring mandatory minimum prison sentences and large fines for marijuana grow operators and drug dealers.
Still, a majority of Canadians would salvage some of the ideas abandoned by the Conservative government. 55 per cent of respondents oppose eliminating "harm reduction" programs, such as supervised injection sites and needle-exchange programs, and 52 per cent disagree with scrapping the previous government’s marijuana decriminalization legislation.
Do you support or oppose the legalization of each of the following drugs?
or "crystal meth"
Which one of the following statements comes closest to your view?
Canada has a serious drug abuse problem
and it affects the whole country
Canada’s drug abuse problem is
confined to specific areas and people
Canada does not have a
serious drug abuse problem
Do you support or oppose each of these measures proposed by the federal government to deal with drug abuse?
Introducing a National Anti-Drug
Strategy, including a nationwide
awareness campaign to discourage
young Canadians from using drugs
Ensuring mandatory minimum prison
sentences and large fines for marijuana
grow operators and drug dealers
Scrapping the previous government’s
marijuana decriminalization legislation
Eliminating "harm reduction" programs,
such as supervised injection sites and
Source: Angus Reid Strategies
Methodology: Online interviews with 1,028 Canadian adults, conducted from Jun. 15 to Jun. 18, 2007. Margin of error is 3.0 per cent.
Complete Report (PDF)