Article by Robert Benzie, Toronto Star
Half of Ontarians believe recreational marijuana should be regulated like alcohol, a new poll suggests.
Forum Research found 50 per cent of respondents want the government to treat cannabis like alcohol.
That’s encouraging news to Premier Kathleen Wynne’s administration, which will restrict the sale of legalized weed to 150 standalone LCBO-run stores
“It seems the government’s marijuana plan may be on point,” said Forum president Lorne Bozinoff.
The province runs the 660-store Liquor Control Board of Ontario retail chain, which has a monopoly on the sale of spirits. The LCBO also sells beer and wine, though both are available at private outlets, such as select supermarkets, specialty wine kiosks, and Beer Store outlets.
About a third — 32 per cent — of those polled said marijuana should be regulated like tobacco, which is sold mostly by private-sector outlets, such as convenience stores. Another 18 per cent did not know.
Using interactive voice response telephone calls, Forum surveyed 801 people across the province on Wednesday and Thursday with results considered accurate to within three percentage points 19 times out of 20.
The firm also asked about the Ontario government’s recent trial balloon that the retail price of marijuana should be $10 a gram once it’s legalized next July.