Angus Reid survey says nearly half of Canadians want a delay for the July 1 implementation to legalize pot. File photo.

Angus Reid survey says nearly half of Canadians want a delay for the July 1 implementation to legalize pot. File photo.

Although two-thirds of Canadians are in favour of legalized marijuana, nearly half want to delay the July 1 implementation date.

That result released in an Angus Reid survey Thursday that shows 47 per cent of Canadians think the federal government should push back the legalization timeline.

More than half of the respondents said they are not confident their provincial government would have a completed plan in place to regulate the sale and distribution of pot by July 1.

British Columbians are the most committed to the July 1 deadline, with 70 per cent saying the timeline should not change, although 46 per cent say they are confident the B.C. government will have a plan in place.

Results of Angus Reid poll asking Canadians if the July 1 deadline to legalize pot should remain in place.

Results of Angus Reid poll asking Canadians if the July 1 deadline to legalize pot should remain in place.

The survey says men between the ages of 18 and 34 is the group that doesn’t feel a delay is necessary, with 61 per cent saying the timeline should not change.

The group most in favour of a delay are women over the age of 55, with 57 per cent in favour to push back the deadline.

 

Angus Reid says 65 per cent of Canadians are in favour of legalizing marijuana, with three-quarters in favour of Liberal and NDP voters.

Angus Reid says 65 per cent of Canadians are in favour of legalizing marijuana, with three-quarters in favour of Liberal and NDP voters.

 

Andy Neal