Article by Josh Crabb, CTV News
The federal governments marijuana legalization bill is set to take effect in less than a year but the results of a recent survey show Manitobans are uncomfortable with key aspects of the looming legislation.
A CTV Winnipeg/Probe Research survey found Manitobans prefer tougher rules for marijuana than those currently in place for alcohol.
Asked if driving while under the influence of alcohol is worse than driving while under the influence of marijuana, 50 per cent of the survey’s respondents disagreed with the statement, with 31 per cent of respondents indicating they strongly disagreed.
Fifty-one per cent of respondents said they’re uncomfortable with bars selling marijuana in brownie or cookie form alongside alcohol. Of those, 35 per cent of respondents are strongly opposed to the idea. Most of those strongly opposed are over the age of 35.
The proposed federal legislation would allow adults in Canada to possess and use small amounts of recreational marijuana. It calls for a zero tolerance approach to drug-impaired driving as well as investments for licensing, inspection and enforcement and a public awareness campaign on the dangers of impaired driving.