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Most Canadians confused where to obtain cannabis, post-legalization

The survey found Ontario and Manitoba respondents were the least aware of where to buy legal cannabis.
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With exactly one month until recreational marijuana will become legal in Canada, a new survey shows the majority of Canadians don't know how to buy cannabis, despite being more likely to use it.

The cannabis data and education company Lift & Co. surveyed more than 1,500 Canadians, and found 58 per cent of respondents did not know where to buy cannabis legally on October 17. 

Listen to Matei Olaru, CEO, Lift & Co., on The Rick Gibbons Show:

The survey found Ontario and Manitoba respondents were the least aware of where to buy, at 60 per cent and 73 per cent respectively.

Respondents in the Atlantic provinces were the most knowledgeable, with only 44 per cent of respondents unsure of where to buy cannabis legally. Lift & Co. says this could reflect the fact that the east coast provinces are arguably the most organized with their retail rollouts: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador each intend to have all stores stocked and ready by Oct. 17. Of those, Newfoundland is the only province to allow privately run stores.

Quebec has 14 announced stores, while cannabis retail in Ontario will be online-only until at least April 2019.

Jason White

About the Author: Jason White

Jason is an award-winning reporter at CityNews Ottawa. He brings about two decades of experience in news, with stops in Halifax and Toronto.
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