Safety a Priority for Manitobans Once Marijuana Legal: Survey

Safety a Priority for Manitobans Once Marijuana Legal: Survey

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Marijuana is photographed at the growing facility in Markham, Ont., on Thursday, January 7, 2016. The number of Canadians registered to purchase medical marijuana from licensed producers has exploded since the federal commercial-access program was introduced almost four years ago. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

WINNIPEG — A new survey conducted by the Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba finds most people want safety behind the wheel to be a top priority once marijuana is legalized this summer.

The anonymous survey, conducted in September 2017, also found underage use a major concern for respondents.

“As a regulator, ensuring public safety is always our priority,” said LGA executive director and CEO Rick Josephson.

“It’s critical that we get information to current and potential users to make sure they’re equipped to make responsible choices when trying cannabis.”

Other results showed that 21.4 percent of adults admitted to having used cannabis in the past year, while 21.1 percent said they intend to try it once legal.

Respondents also want public education to address the health risks of cannabis for adults and youth, and to provide information about responsible consumption.

The province has given the LGA the majority of power to regulate the purchase, storage, distribution and retail of cannabis.

The complete survey is available on the LGA website.

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