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  1. Heretic.Ape.
    [h5]Ah, finally a little good news :)[/h5] h.a.

    [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.
    Polling Data
    Do you support or oppose the legalization of each of the following drugs?


    Support
    Oppose
    Marijuana
    55%
    41%
    Heroin
    9%
    89%
    Powder cocaine
    8%
    91%
    Ecstasy
    8%
    91%
    Crack cocaine
    7%
    91%
    Methamphetamine
    or "crystal meth"
    7%
    91%
    Which one of the following statements comes closest to your view?

    Canada has a serious drug abuse problem
    and it affects the whole country
    43%
    Canada’s drug abuse problem is
    confined to specific areas and people
    39%
    Canada does not have a
    serious drug abuse problem
    11%
    Not sure
    6%
    Do you support or oppose each of these measures proposed by the federal government to deal with drug abuse?


    Support
    Oppose
    Introducing a National Anti-Drug
    Strategy, including a nationwide
    awareness campaign to discourage
    young Canadians from using drugs
    86%
    10%
    Ensuring mandatory minimum prison
    sentences and large fines for marijuana
    grow operators and drug dealers
    71%
    24%
    Scrapping the previous government’s
    marijuana decriminalization legislation
    38%
    52%
    Eliminating "harm reduction" programs,
    such as supervised injection sites and
    needle-exchange programs
    37%
    55%
    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)

Comments

  1. grandbaby
    These Angus Reid things are interesting. (more of them available in this thread: http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=30954 ) They really show that Canadians support legalizing marijuana as well as harm-reduction tactics for "harder" drugs. On the other hand, the questions are themselves biased and leading. This one got my blood boiling a bit:

    The natural government spin from the results being "Canadians believe that there is a serious drug-abuse problem nationwide ... and therefore we're going to crack down on drugs by toughening anti-drug laws."

    The other one, about "mandatory sentences for grow operators and drug dealers", is leading as well -- Joe Suburban isn't going to say there shouldn't be minimum sentences for the creeps pushing Strawberry Meth on our kids in the playground (you know the drill), and having "grow operators" lumped in with same makes the results inconsistent. A weird survey, to be sure. Yet the results are interesting and valuable. Imagine if the government actually listened to the will of the people...

    ... of course, like Mexico was a year ago, Canada'd be crushed like a bug under the boot of American pressure to reinstate prohibition within about a week, and that would be the end of that.

    Nothing's going to change anywhere -- and really not in Canada or Mexico -- until the USA relents on MJ laws, at very minimum.
  2. Motorhead
    Thats about the long and short of it. The attitudes towards MJ in Canada have traditionally been more tolerant. Keep in mind the Canadian govt hasnt really been pushing negative pot propaganda down our throats since the 30's either. Not to the extent of our southern neighbours anyway.

    A senate committe recommended the relaxing of pot laws in 2002 as well.

    So basically the key is to change things in America. I am encouraged everytime i hear a new state introduce med pot laws. Forget stats, but I am sure there are many many people in the US who agree with legalizing the herb as well. Its the US govt that has kept the 'War on Drugs' chugging for so long.
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