Our readers pretty relaxed on pot

A Canadian flag with a marijuana leaf is flown during a 4/20 rally to demand the legalization of...

A Canadian flag with a marijuana leaf is flown during a 4/20 rally to demand the legalization of marijuana on Parliament Hill in Ottawa April 20, 2012. REUTERS/Patrick Doyle

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:15 PM ET

The federal government may not want Canadians to legally light up a joint, but apparently you have other ideas.

QMI Agency recently published a series on the future of marijuana across the country, after personal possession became legal for adults in Washington State and soon in Colorado.

While Canadian police, politicians and pundits waded in with pros and cons, perhaps more telling was the reaction of our readers.

A national online poll that ran in conjunction with the project found some remarkable opinions — and not so divided.

The findings are not scientific. More of an online straw poll. But they do give a remarkable snapshot of the feelings of thousands of Canadians from coast to coast, and how they seem to differ from the hard stance taken by federal leaders.

All added up, most of us see pot decriminalized in Canada within 10 years, with nine in 10 Canadians welcoming that change.

Few seem willing to buy the argument that weed is a gateway drug, though there doesn't seem to be a great rush among Canadians to actually inhale.

More see alcohol, or even the bad example set by celebrities, as more dangerous to our society.

And if Prime Minister Stephen Harper needs more reason to reconsider the nation's position on pot, he may find it in one particular question that asked whether Canadians would cast a ballot for a leader who smoked up in their private life.

All told, 85% of those who took part in the poll said that person would still get their vote.


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