Article by Lisa Wright, The Toronto Star
A majority of Canadians are high on Shoppers Drug Mart selling medicinal marijuana, especially young adults and higher-income earners, a new Forum Research poll says.
Sixty-one per cent said they approve of Canada’s largest pharmacy applying to become a licensed marijuana producer for the purpose of retailing medicinal weed while 30 per cent disapprove and the remainder have no opinion either way, the new survey says.
Besides the 85 per cent of recent cannabis users, those ages 18 to 34 were most in favour, with 76 per cent giving Shoppers the thumbs up along with 71 per cent of the wealthiest surveyed (earning between $100,000 to $250,000 a year).
The regions most on board with the Shoppers application are the Atlantic provinces at 72 per cent and B.C. at 67 per cent, the poll shows.
The biggest group of Canadians who think the giant pharmaceutical retailer should butt out altogether include those 65 and over and Bloc Québécois supporters at 37 per cent, along with Conservative voters at 41 per cent, it found.
However overall, 62 per cent reported they will not change their store visitation habits if marijuana becomes available at Shoppers.
“It is clear that Canadians are as enthusiastic about seeing medical marijuana in the nation’s leading pharmacy chain as they are about legalization in general — in other words, very enthusiastic,” said Forum Research president Lorne Bozinoff.