Majority of B.C. residents support legalizing pot but divided on where it should be sold: poll

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A new poll suggests a majority of British Columbians support legalizing marijuana, but are divided on how pot should be sold.

The Insights West survey found while 70 per cent are in favour of legal weed, only a small percentage (23 per cent) want to see it sold in liquor stores, and only 22 per cent favour drugstores and pharmacies.

The poll shows only 44 per cent of respondents think stand-alone shops should exist for the sole purpose of selling cannabis. Most of those respondents (60 per cent) are those who already use marijuana a few times a week or more.

The poll also asked respondents about whether they favour legalizing six other drugs. It suggests 79 per cent are opposed to legalizing heroin, 80 and 81 per cent are against ecstasy and cocaine, respectively. The numbers go up to 85 per cent for crack, crystal meth, and fentanyl.

British Columbians continue to voice support for the legalization of marijuana, but very few are in favour of making other drugs readily available to the public, a new Insights West poll has found.

Three-in-four British Columbians (76 per cent) say they are “very familiar” or “somewhat familiar” with discussions related to marijuana legalization.

When asked what should be the legal age for a person to acquire marijuana and marijuana-related products in the province, 43 per cent chose 19 years, while 23 per cent said 21 years.

Mario Canseco, a spokesman for Insights West, said British Columbians appear to have many questions about legalization.

“There is no clear consensus on how to sell cannabis legally, or on the age a person should be in order to become a legal buyer,” he said, in a statement.

The survey of 809 B.C. residents was conducted between Oct. 5 and Oct. 9. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

ticrawford@postmedia.com

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