Support for Legalization of Cannabis

Saskatchewan residents are more likely to support the legalization of marijuana than oppose it.


In a recent independent poll conducted by Insightrix Research, 58.6% of Saskatchewan residents express support (either strongly or somewhat) for the legalization of cannabis while 39.7% oppose (either somewhat or strongly) it. The remaining 1.7% prefer not to say.

Overall, 27.1% strongly support cannabis legalization. This support is strongest among younger residents and tends to decline with age. Specifically, 37.7% of those aged 18 to 34 are strongly supportive, compared to 28.6% of those aged 35 to 54 and 16.6% of those aged 55 or older.

Women (27.7%) are more likely than men (21.5%) to “strongly oppose” the legalization of cannabis.

Likelihood of using cannabis if it were legalized

While the majority of Saskatchewan residents (59.9%) state they are not at all likely to use marijuana if it were made legal, modest proportions (21.1%) say they are somewhat or very likely to try it. The proportion who say they are “very likely” to try it declines with age. Specifically, among those aged 18 to 34, 14.2% say they are very likely to use cannabis if made legal, compared to only 4.6% of those aged 55 or older.  


Should those with cannabis convictions be pardoned if it were made legal?

Opinions are divided on pardoning past convictions of cannabis possession. Most commonly, 36.0% of residents believe pardoning individuals currently convicted of cannabis possession offences would “depend” on the details of the offence. Another 32.9% do not think these convictions should be pardoned while 24.8% think they should be. Another 5.6% are not sure while less than 1% prefer not to say.


Research Details

A total of 802 randomly selected SaskWatch Research® panel members participated in the online research study on May 9 through 11, 2017. Quotas were set by age, gender and region to match the general population of the province. Since the research is conducted online, it is considered to be a non-probability proportion sample and, therefore, margins of error are not applicable.

About SaskWatch Research®

Insightrix began developing its SaskWatch Research® online market research panel in October 2007, using high quality techniques including telephone recruitment and referrals from existing panel members. Presently, there are over 15,000 active panel members representing all regions of the province and distributions of the general population. The panel membership closely matches the 2011 Census based on age, gender, household composition, household income, and education. For more information, please visit http://saskwatch.ca.

About Insightrix

Insightrix is a dynamic, Western Canadian, full-service marketing research company. It exists to serve businesses and government entities with insights-driven research solutions, and interpretive analysis through leading-edge tools and senior-level expertise across a broad range of industries. Insightrix is based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. For complete details….https://insightrix.com/market-research-industry-blog/


For more information, please contact

Lang McGilp, Research Director

Insightrix Research Inc.

Tel: 306.657.5640 ext. 229

Email: lang.mcgilp@insightrix.com

Web: www.insightrix.com