Article by Patrick Cain, Global News
Nearly a million Canadians who don’t smoke marijuana now are very likely to start after it’s legalized, survey data implies.
Whatever else happens when Canada legalizes recreational marijuana after the spring of 2017, pot will be easier to buy.
Canada has become tolerant of marijuana by historical standards, but there are still some barriers to the curious — you have to be willing to grow your own big, smelly obvious plants, be open to dealing with shady people who are committing a crime (and know where to find them in the first place), or talk your way into a dispensary.
Common sense says that if buying pot is suddenly as easy a buying a bottle of Scotch, then more people will be more willing to try it. And poll data backs it up.
A Forum poll published last fall found that of the people polled who said they hadn’t smoked pot in the past year (18 per cent of the full sample had) three per cent said they were “very likely” and nine per cent said they were “somewhat likely” to buy pot if it was legal.