Pubdate: Tue, 26 Apr 2016
Source: Province, The (CN BC)
Copyright: 2016 Postmedia Network Inc.
Author: Dan Fumano
Page: 3


Most Vancouver voters - across age groups, income levels and gender 
lines - approve of marijuana dispensaries, according to a new opinion poll.

About two-thirds of Vancouver voters approve of pot shops in the 
city, said the study, which was independently conducted by Forum 
Research of Toronto.

Forum president Lorne Bozinoff said Monday the results show 
"widespread acceptance" for dispensaries in Vancouver.

About a quarter of respondents oppose dispensaries in Vancouver, 
while nine per cent said they don't have an opinion.

Support for dispensaries skewed slightly younger, Bozinoff said, but 
"there's not a huge, huge difference by age ... Even the 
65-year-olds, they're on board."

Likewise, a majority of Vancouver voters approve of dispensaries, 
across every income level.

"It just proves how widespread this idea is," Bozinoff said. "There 
are questions about the number (of dispensaries), but just about 
everybody is fine with the concept."

The most significant skew, Bozinoff said, was the increased rate of 
disapproval of dispensaries among those who voted for Kirk LaPointe 
and the NPA in Vancouver's 2014 mayoral election.

Only 21 per cent of those who voted for Gregor Robertson and Vision 
Vancouver in 2014 disapprove of marijuana dispensaries. But roughly 
half of those who voted for LaPointe in 2014 said they don't approve.
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