Plurality Approves of Dispensaries in Toronto

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Plurality Approves of Dispensaries in Toronto

Approval unchanged since before Project Claudia raids

In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 882 Toronto voters two weeks after the police raids on marijuana dispensaries, dubbed “Project Claudia”, took place in Toronto, the plurality (46%) believes these establishments should be allowed to operate in the city, while just more than a third thinks they should not (36%). These findings are essentially the same as those noted in our last poll on this issue (May 17, 2016, yes- 48%, no - 35%). Prior to that, in March of this year, the majority was in favour of dispensaries (March 23, yes - 57%, no - 30%).

Approval of dispensaries is characteristic of the youngest (56%), mid income groups ($60K to $80K - 55%), in the downtown (53%), among mothers of children under 18 (52%) and among those who have used marijuana in the past (62%).

“It appears that, after the initial enthusiasm for marijuana dispensaries leveled off after their rapid proliferation, it hasn’t abated in the wake of the Project Claudia raids. It may be that the public isn’t quite as shocked and appalled about these places as the authorities have led us to believe” said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.

Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at or at (416) 960-9603.