The vast majority of Canadians want their marijuana laws to be reformed. According to a new Forum Poll, 69 percent of Canadians support either decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana or fully legalizing it.
When presented with a whole range of options a plurality of Canadians (36%) said they want it to be fully legalized and taxed. An additional 34 percent said their preferred choice is for the government to decriminalize small amounts of cannabis.
By comparison just 15 percent want the law to remain as is and 13 percent want even harsher penalties for marijuana. Currently, possession of less than 30 grams in Canada can result in a maximum punishment of up to six months in jail and a fine up to $1000.
Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau has come out in support of fully legalizing marijuana and even admitted to smoking it as recently as three years ago. Trudeau’s admission did not seem to have a noticeable impact on politics. The poll found 14 percent said it actually would make them more likely to vote for his party, 21 percent said it would make them less likely to vote Liberal, and 63 percent it would not effect their vote.