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Most New Brunswickers Won’t Buy Marijuana When It’s Legal, Poll Shows

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HALIFAX – Only two in 10 New Brunswick adults say they will either definitely or probably buy marijuana products once they’re legalized next year, according to a new poll by Corporate Research Associates.

Nearly eight in 10 New Brunswickers say they will either probably not or definitely not buy them.

“Based on current purchase intentions for marijuana for personal use, the market for this product may be less than many anticipated in New Brunswick,” said Don Mills, chairman and CEO of Corporate Research Associates, in a release.

Young people are much more likely than older people to buy marijuana when it’s legalized, however. In the 18 – 34 age bracket, 35 per cent said they will buy it. Only 16 per cent of people between the ages of 35 – 54 say they will, and the number drops to 13 per cent for those 55 or older.

The poll numbers are similar in all four Atlantic Canadian provinces. In Newfoundland and Labrador, 23 per cent of adults say they will probably or definitely buy marijuana products. In Nova Scotia, the figure is 19 per cent and 15 per cent in Prince Edward Island.

The numbers are based on a telephone sample of 400 adult New Brunswickers, conducted from November 2 to 29, with overall results accurate to within ± 4.9 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.