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Volume I - General Orientation

Chapter 10 - Canadians’ Opinions and Attitudes



What is the status of public opinion in Canada? We are not able to come up with firm answers to that question. We do think, however, that:



Conclusions of Chapter 10

Opinions on marijuana










Opinions on public policy options

Ø      Public opinion on marijuana more liberal than it was 10 years ago.

Ø      Tendency to think that marijuana use is more widespread than it used to be.

Ø      Tendency to think that marijuana is more available than it used to be.

Ø      Tendency to think that marijuana is not a dangerous drug.

Ø      Relatively significant concern about organized crime.

Ø      Strong support for medical use of marijuana.


âØ            Tendency to favour decriminalization or, to a lesser degree, legalization.

âØ            Critical attitude toward law enforcement for simple possession of marijuana.

âØ            Concern for youth and children.


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