With just one, lone cannabis retail store open in B.C. today, a new poll suggests most British Columbians (7 in 10) approve of marijuana shops anywhere in their city. The Research Co. poll released on Oct. 17 also found that more than half (56 per cent) of people approve of pot shops anywhere in their neighbourhood. However, when asked to ponder the notion of a marijuana store located a block away from their home, the numbers tighten considerably: Half of British Columbians (50 per cent) approve of this scenario, while a similar proportion (48 per cent) disapprove. The level of “strong disapproval” of a pot shop located a block away from home is highest than the level of “strong approval” (32 to 24 per cent). “There seems to a NIMBY sentiment when it comes to the future location of pot shops in the province,” says Mario Canseco, President of Research Co. “Women, British Columbians aged 55 and over and those who reside in Vancouver Island are more likely to hold reservations on having marijuana stores close to their homes.” As of this past Monday, the provincial government says it has received 173 paid retail cannabis store applications. While the province says it has approved 62 of those, the applications still require approval from local municipalities. But on legalization day, just one B.C. cannabis store opened in Kamloops. Residents from around B.C. who want to purchase legal weed must visit bccannabisstores.com until more pot shops are OK’d. READ ALSO: Canada has 2,895 liquor stores, but just 288 cannabis stores expected by year’s end READ ALSO: Study suggests majority of Canadians worry about drug-impaired driving Meantime, the Research Co. poll also asked British Columbians about the prospect of relying on the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) to grow cannabis. Across the province, 49 per cent of residents are “definitely” or “probably” in favour of this idea, while 44 per cent are “definitely” or “probably” against it. Residents aged 18 to 34 are more likely to support growing marijuana on ALR land (55 per cent) than those aged 35-to-54 (47 per cent) and those aged 55 and over (46 per cent). On a regional basis, the idea of growing cannabis in ALR land is decidedly more popular in Southern BC (67 per cent) than in Vancouver Island (48 per cent), Metro Vancouver (46 per cent), the Fraser Valley (also 46 per cent) and Northern BC (39 per cent). The study results are based on an online study conducted from Oct. 4 to 7, 2018, among 877 adults in British Columbia. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region in British Columbia. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is +/- 3.3 percentage points, nineteen times out of twenty.
Source: Rising Tide Consultants

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