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Most British Columbians say pot is fine in their city, but NIMBY: poll

FILE: A employee holds a bunch of pre-rolled joints at Buddha Barn Craft Cannabis in Vancouver on October 2, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Summary

Most people polled support legalization and having a cannabis store, but not in their neighbourhood

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – While only one retail pot shop is open in B.C. right now, nearly 200 applications are in the pipe. Local governments will have to weigh in on where those stores are allowed to open up.

A new poll from Research Co. finds that while 70 percent of people who responded wouldn’t mind having a retail pot store in their municipality, but only about half would approve of having one a block away from their homes.

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“There’s definitely a generational divide. When you look at the number from millennials, they seem to be more supportive of having stores anywhere,” says Mario Canseco, president of the company. “Generation X is more on the fence, and it’s ultimately the over 55s, Baby Boomers, who are definitely concerned.”

Canseco says this could pose a challenge for newly-elected city councils, since people over 55 tend to be very active in civic politics.

“It’s not necessarily that they’re not supportive of legalization, I think we see a high level of support, and we’ve seen it for several years now. It’s just the notion of a little bit of a NIMBY attitude when it comes to the actual location of the marijuana stores.”

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The poll also found a slim majority would approve of allowing marijuana to be grown on agricultural land.

Across the province, 49 per cent were in ‘definitely’ or ‘probably’ in favour of the idea, with 44 per cent ‘definitely’ or ‘probably’ against it.

– With files from Alison Bailey