Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

More than 60% of Canadians say they will not consume cannabis once it becomes legal, a new Nanos poll reveals

Ottawa, October 16, 2018 — Even though close to 6 in 10 Canadians report they have tried it, the majority of Canadians have no interest in consuming cannabis-based products once they become legal in 24 hours, according to a new public opinion survey.

The Nanos poll commissioned by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) found that 62% say they will not use cannabis after Wednesday.

Other key findings from the poll include:

  • 20 % or 1 in 5 Canadians mention people driving or working while impaired as their topconcern about the legalization of cannabis.
  • 17% worry about the negative effects on youth (easier access, affecting their developingbrain).
  • Close to 9 in 10 Canadians agree or somewhat agree that schools should play a role ineducating youth about using cannabis.
  • 70% of Canadians are somewhat not confident or not confident that the police have the toolsthey need to detect cannabis/marijuana-impaired driving.

“The results of this poll illustrate that Canadians have strong opinions on a variety of matters related to legal cannabis,” states Rebecca Jesseman, CCSA’s director of policy, “whether it be on their own fears, personal consumption, the role of the education system or law enforcement having the tools they need to effectively police it. These beliefs will have a strong impact on our society as we move forward into a world where cannabis is legal.”

A presentation of the poll results by Nik Nanos, followed by a panel discussion also featuring Jesseman and Dr. Mark Ware, director of clinical research at the Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit at the McGill University Health Centre, can be viewed on the Facebook page of the Sixth Estate.

Both Nik Nanos, Chief Data Scientist and Founder, Nanos Research, and Rebecca Jesseman, Director, Policy, CCSA, are available for interviews.

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