A new survey suggests Canadians are more likely to try cannabis once it’s legalized on Oct. 17, but the majority don’t know where to buy it.

The poll, released by Lift & Co. on Sept. 17, surveyed 1,510 Canadians and 58 per cent of respondents said they didn’t know where to buy cannabis legally.

“Respondents in the Atlantic provinces are the most knowledgeable,” noted a statement from the company, “with only 44 per cent unsure of where to purchase cannabis legally. This could reflect the fact that the east coast provinces are arguably the most organized with their retail rollouts: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador each intend to have all stores stocked and ready by Oct. 17. Newfoundland is the only province east of Quebec to allow privately run stores.”

The Lift survey found Alberta and Manitoba residents were the least aware of where to buy legal cannabis, with 62 per cent and 73 per cent indicating “no,” respectively.

In B.C., 59 per cent of respondents said they were unsure of where to purchase cannabis.

(Photo from lift.co)

Earlier this year, in a separate poll, Lift & Co. determined that 52 per cent of Canadian cannabis consumers are more likely to purchase legally come October, but 32 per cent are expecting to do so in brick-and-mortar stores.

But B.C. is expected to have just one cannabis store on day one of legalization, the public safety minister revealed earlier this week.

“Retail stores won’t appear overnight, but on Oct. 17, 2018, government’s first B.C. Cannabis Store will open in Kamloops and the online sales platform will be launched to ensure British Columbians can purchase non-medical cannabis regardless of where they live,”Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth wrote in an Op-Ed released Sept. 16.

“More retail locations are anticipated in the months to follow as the application process continues, with applications coming in from the North, to the Cariboo and Vancouver Island,” he added. “So far, we’ve received over 100 paid applications in various stages of entry. Moving to a legal regime for a product that has been banned for a century will take some time.”

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