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Most Canadians Want Marijuana Law Reform According To Poll


canada marijuanaCanada’s Department of Justice conducted a poll to gauge how much support there is in Canada for marijuana reform. The poll was kept secret for months until the media outlet The Star was able to obtain a copy of the results. What did the poll find? Per The Star:

 The poll, kept secret by the Conservatives for months, found 70 per cent of respondents believe pot laws should be loosened.

Of the 3,000 respondents, 37.3 per cent said the government should legalize marijuana, while 33.4 per cent said the possession of small amounts should be decriminalized.

Only 13.7 per cent of respondents supported the status quo, while 12 per cent said they believe Ottawa should impose harsher penalties.

The Conservatives in Canada have been pushing attack ads against Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau, highlighting his pro-marijuana stance, as if it’s a bad thing. The Department of Justice’s poll suggests that the attack ads aren’t going to be effective, as most Canadians agree with Mr. Trudeau’s belief that it’s time for a new approach in Canada. I’d imagine as word spreads about the poll results, more and more Canadians will get on board with reform and oppose the Conservatives.

Long time marijuana reform leader Marc Emery is going to be back in Canada soon after completing his sentence in the United States for seed sales. Marc Emery was targeted by the DEA not only because of his seed sales, but also because he used his profits to fund reform efforts in the United States and Canada. When you combine Marc Emery’s return to Canada with the results of this poll, I’m expecting things to get very interesting north of the border.

Source: International Cannabis Business Conference


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Anthony Johnson is the director of New Approach Oregon, the PAC responsible for Measure 91, that ended cannabis prohibition for all Oregon adults in 2014. In addition to helping organize the International Cannabis Business Conference & the Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference, he also serves as a Board Member of the National Cannabis Coalition, working to legalize cannabis across the country and Show-Me Cannabis Regulation, an organization specifically working to end cannabis prohibition in Missouri. As President of the University of Missouri Law School ACLU Chapter, Anthony co-authored the measures that legalized medical cannabis possession and decriminalized personal possession for all adults within the city limits of Columbia, Missouri, in 2004. Following law school, Anthony practiced criminal defense for two years before working full time in the political field to help improve and protect civil liberties. You can follow Anthony on Twitter and also friend him on Facebook by following the links below as he posts mostly about civil liberties and politics with dashes of sports, music, movies and whatnot.


  1. I live in the U.S. and no we haven’t loosened up on the laws on marijuana the same way Canada has. Here, weed is illegal on a federal use, even for medical use, however according to our Bill of Rights, each state is allowed to make their own law. Yes, 2 of our states have legalized it for recreational use and in less than half the states, its legal only for medical use. The southern states are extremely strict with it as well as some eastern states as these states will arrest you for even the smallest amount and most of those states, its illegal period. I hear in Canada on a federal level, weed is legal for medical use but it is still illegal of course and I hear from talk all over the internet (I don’t know how true it is) but in some parts of Canada like parts of British Columbia, the smallest amounts are often unenforced, however anyone would have common since not to smoke in front of police. I feel like America has a lot to learn from Canada, even though we have been moving forward a little bit too. And I don’t know about Canada, but how in the U.S. in the early 1900’s was a prohibition on alcohol and you would think we learned that it didn’t keep people from drinking, it started crime. In the Netherlands, weed is legal of course because they’ve learned that if its illegal its not going to stop people from smoking it, it causes crime. The U.S. and Canada are the top two countries in the world for the rate of people who smoke weed.

  2. Contrary to popular belief, the taxes in Canada are not that bad when you consider you have healthcare. Apparently the average middle class is now the worlds richest surpassing the US. I think the Corporate tax is even lower than the US but they dont allow as many deductions. They have high paying jobs as well trying to hire people from the states even. Medical Cannabis has been legal for over a decade. It is as if medical cannabis allowed people to manage pain and live their life more productively in Canada. So much for the correlation of cannabis with failure. The true Epic Failure is the phony ‘war on drugs’. Good Luck Canada!

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