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Most Canadians unhappy with legal age to consume marijuana: survey

Last Updated Nov 14, 2018 at 9:23 am PDT

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Survey finds three quarters of Canadians feel 18 is too young; over half think minimum age should be at least 20

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – It’s been nearly a month since marijuana was legalized in Canada, but it appears most Canadians aren’t happy with the legal age to consume cannabis.

The federal minimum age to use pot is 18, but all provinces — with the exceptions of Quebec and Alberta — have pushed it higher to 19.

A survey conducted by the Angus Reid Institute finds nearly three quarters of Canadians feel 18 is just too young and just over half think the minimum age should be at least 20.

Among British Columbians, a fifth feel the minimum age should be 18, just over a third agree with the set age of 19, and about a quarter think it should be bumped up to 21.

The results of an Angus Reid Institute survey, showing what respondents feel the minimum age for consuming cannabis should be (Source: angusreid.org)

The poll also found Millennials and younger Canadians are more likely to be pleased with legalization, while boomers and seniors are more likely to be disappointed.

A quarter of people polled purchased or used pot in the first two weeks of legalization, with most of them buying their weed from an online store.

About 1,500 people took part in the online survey.