Pubdate: Sat, 30 Sep 2017
Source: Toronto Star (CN ON)
Copyright: 2017 The Toronto Star
Author: Robert Benzie
Page: A18


Ontario government's plan to sell marijuana 'may be on point,' Forum
head says

Half of Ontarians believe recreational marijuana should be regulated
like alcohol, a new poll suggests.

Forum Research found 50 per cent of respondents want the government to
treat cannabis like alcohol.

That's encouraging news to Premier Kathleen Wynne's administration,
which will restrict the sale of legalized weed to 150 stand-alone
LCBO-run stores

"It seems the government's marijuana plan may be on point," Forum
president Lorne Bozinoff said.

The province runs the 660-store Liquor Control Board of Ontario retail
chain, which has a monopoly on the sale of spirits.

The LCBO also sells beer and wine, though both are available at
private outlets, such as select supermarkets, specialty wine kiosks
and Beer Store outlets.

About a third - 32 per cent - of those polled said marijuana should be
regulated like tobacco, which is sold mostly by private-sector
outlets, such as convenience stores. Another 18 per cent did not know.

Using interactive voice response telephone calls, Forum surveyed 801
people across the province on Wednesday and Thursday with results
considered accurate to within three percentage points 19 times out of
20. The firm also asked about the Ontario government's recent trial
balloon that the retail price of marijuana should be $10 a gram once
it's legalized next July.

More than a quarter - 27 per cent - said it is "reasonable" while 17
per cent said that price is "unreasonable" and 55 per cent were not

But of the106 respondents who said they are regular marijuana users,
59 per cent said $10 a gram is "reasonable," 28 per cent said it's
"unreasonable," and13 per cent didn't know.

"Those consumers think that the rumoured price of $10 per gram is
pretty good," Bozinoff said. The Forum survey comes two weeks after a
Campaign Research poll found 51 per cent back the plan to have
recreational marijuana sold solely through the LCBO-run stores and

About a third - 35 per cent - of those in that poll oppose the idea
and 14 per cent had no opinion.

The Campaign Research online poll of a panel of 1,133 Ontario voters
was conducted Sept. 8 to 11.

With a sample of that size it would be considered accurate to within
2.9 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
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