14 Dec 2016

Majority of Atlantic Canadians now support legalization of marijuana for personal use

  • Eight in ten Atlantic Canadians support legalization of marijuana for medical use
  • For the first time since tracking began in 2012, a majority of residents (53%) support legalization of marijuana for personal use
  • Support for legalization of marijuana for personal use is elevated among 18 to 34 year olds

HALIFAX, NS December 14, 2016: A large majority of Atlantic Canadians support legalizing marijuana for medical use, while a small majority support legalizing marijuana for personal use, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc.

Specifically, eight in ten (82%, compared with 84% one year ago) residents support legalization of marijuana for medical use, while one in eight (13%, compared with 12%) oppose this legislation, and four percent (compared with 5%) do not know or do not have an opinion on the matter. Alternatively, just over one-half (53%, up from 49% in November 2015) support legalizing marijuana for personal use, while four in ten (41%, unchanged) oppose this legislation, and six percent (down from 10%) do not know or do not have an opinion on the matter. This result marks the first time since tracking on this issue began in 2012 that a majority of Atlantic Canadians support legalization of marijuana for personal use.

Support for legalization of marijuana for medical use is consistent across the region, while support for legalization of personal marijuana use is higher in Nova Scotia and lower in Prince Edward Island. Across the population, support for legalization of marijuana for personal use is notably elevated among younger residents, with 70 percent of those 18 to 34 years old expressing support for this legislation.

“Support for the legalization of marijuana for personal use has been slowly, but steadily increasing over the last three years,” said Don Mills, Chairman and CEO of Corporate Research Associates. “That support, however, is not uniform across the four Atlantic Provinces, as Nova Scotians are more supportive of such legislation than the three other provinces in the region.”

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent, quarterly telephone survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a telephone sample of 1502 adult Atlantic Canadians, conducted from November 7 to December 1, 2016, with overall results accurate to within ± 2.5 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

Corporate Research Associates (CRA), www.cra.ca, is one of Canada’s leading public opinion and market research companies. Founded in 1978, CRA is dedicated to providing clients with state-of-the-art research and strategic consulting services. CRA is a Certified Gold Seal Member of the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association (MRIA), which sets stringent standards as a condition of membership, and enforces those standards through independent audits. Follow us on Twitter @CRAInsight.

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For more information, please contact:

Don Mills, Chairman and CEO at (902) 493-3838

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