A majority of Saskatchewan people say they're opposed to decriminalizing marijuana for recreational purposes, a recently released poll says.
According to the Taking the Pulse surveys conducted by the University of Saskatchewan in the spring and released last month, most people (58.6 per cent) said they're either strongly opposed or somewhat opposed to decriminalizing marijuana for recreational purposes.
What is Taking the Pulse?
The Taking The Pulse project reflects the views and opinions of 1,750 people in Saskatchewan on a wide variety of issues, including the economy, First Nations, HIV and AIDS, and marijuana.
The University of Saskatchewan's Social Sciences Research Lab conducted the telephone interviews of randomly selected adults March 5-19.
With a sample size of 1,750, the poll is considered accurate to within plus or minus 2.34 per cent, 19 times out of 20.
Meanwhile, 37.8 per cent of those surveyed said they either strongly agreed or somewhat agreed with decriminalization — where simple possession of marijuana would still be illegal, but subject only to a fine, not a potential jail term.
One of the more striking aspects of the poll is the percentage of people strongly opposed to decriminalization: 40.7 per cent.
The remainder of the 1,750 people surveyed said they either didn't know (3.3 per cent) or refused to answer (0.3 per cent).
The debate over the legal status of marijuana might be heating up again in light of pro-pot measures Colorado and Washington state voters approved on election night Tuesday.
People there went further than decriminalization and have approved actual legalization of marijuana.
Under the proposal, Colorado adults over 21 will be allowed to possess up to an ounce of marijuana for home use. People will also be allowed to grow up to six marijuana plants in a private, secure area.
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