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Canadian Voters Are Way More Worried About Donald Trump Than Marijuana Legalization



Canadians are more concerned about the actions of the U.S. president south of their border than they are about the impact of marijuana legalization in their own country, a new poll finds.

When asked “How concerned are you feeling about the following issues these days,” 73 percent said they are “extremely” or “very” concerned about Donald Trump, while only 33 percent said the same thing about the legalization of cannabis.

Abacus Data survey results.

Four out of ten Canadians are wholly unconcerned about the end of marijuana prohibition, but only 11 percent feel that way about President Trump.

The survey, conducted by Abacus Data this month and released on Friday, also showed that the greater concern about Trump as compared to marijuana persists across party lines, with Liberal, NDP and Conservative voters all putting the U.S. president ahead of cannabis among their worries.

Abacus Data survey results.

Among all Canadian adults, marijuana legalization was ranked last in their list of concerns, behind gun violence, border crossings, extreme weather, housing affordability and the health care system. Cannabis was also last among Liberal and NDP voters, but Conservatives are less concerned about gun violence and climate and weather issues.

When it came to regional breakouts and residents of big cities vs. other communities, marijuana legalization consistently ranked last among respondents’ worries.

Legal marijuana sales in Canada are expected to begin on October 17.

Here’s When Canada’s Legal Marijuana Sales Will Begin

Photo courtesy of Cannabis Culture.

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Tom Angell is the editor of Marijuana Moment. A 20-year veteran in the cannabis law reform movement, he covers the policy and politics of marijuana. Separately, he founded the nonprofit Marijuana Majority. Previously he reported for and MassRoots, and handled media relations and campaigns for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and Students for Sensible Drug Policy.


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