Poll: 86% of Canadians Support Legalizing or Decriminalizing Cannabis
According to new polling released by the group Vote Compass, an overwhelming 86% of those in Canada support either decriminalizing or legalizing cannabis, including 75% of self-described Conservatives.
According to the poll of 14,502 respondents taken between September 22nd and September 24th, 56% of Canada residents are in support of fully legalizing cannabis for recreational purposes. An additional 30% believe that it should be decriminalized, with just 14% in favor of retaining the nation’s current prohibition on the plant.
“I think that most common-sense Canadians are moving in a direction of reform,” says Donald MacPherson, executive director of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition.
The results of this poll mark a 16% increase in support for legalizing or decriminalizing cannabis since a similar poll was conducted last year by Canada’s Department of Justice. That poll found 70% of Canadians to be in support of legalizing or decriminalizing cannabis.