Cannabis

Insight Community Survey Results

Cannabis was one of several topics in Part 1 of the November 2017 Mixed Topic Insight Community Survey. The survey was open from November 14 - 22, 2017.
At the time the survey was launched, survey invitations were sent to 7,062 Insight Community members.
A total of 1,908 respondents completed the survey:
  • 1,882 members (or 27% of the invited Insight Community members).
  • 22 other individuals who accessed the survey via a link.  No demographic information was gathered for these 22 individuals.
To view the survey questions, click on the following link:

Question 1:

Respondents were provided with a a brief explanation of cannabis and its legalization and why the survey questions were being asked. Respondents were asked to select all that apply to the following question:
"What aspects of cannabis legalization are you most interested in, or most concerned about?"
  • Public smoking and vaping of cannabis
  • The location of cannabis stores
  • The operation of cannabis stores (e.g hours of operation)
  • Cannabis store signage and advertising               
  • Education for youth and families
  • Public health impacts
  • Public health education                                                              
  • Safety for growing cannabis plants in the home
  • Fire safety in cannabis production facilities
  • Business opportunities related to cannabis
  • Cannabis related crime
  • Workplace safety
  • Impaired driving                                                                                           
  • Dealing with neighbours who grow or smoke cannabis
  • Odours from cultivation facilities
  • Odours from smoking in public
  • Other (please specify)                                                                         
  • I am not interested / concerned about any of these items

Question 2a:

Respondents were provided with the guidelines for the selling of cannabis and to who and the legal governance will be.
"The respondents were asked to rate their level of agreement, on a scale of 1 to 5 or don't know, to the following statement:"
  • I am concerned about how close cannabis stores will be to each other.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
  • I am concerned about how close cannabis stores will be to places where children and youth gather, such as schools, community centres, parks and playgrounds.

Question 2b:

Respondents were asked to select one response only to the following:
"In your view, how far apart should cannabis stores be from each other?"

Question 2c:

Respondents were asked to select one response only to the following:
"In your view, how far should cannabis stores be from schools, community centres, parks and playgrounds?"

Question 3:

Respondents were provided with factors to consider when locating a cannabis store. Then respondents were asked to select all that apply to the following question:
"In your view, what kinds of locations in Edmonton are the best fit for cannabis stores?"
  • Small scale commercial areas in residential neighbourhoods
  • Shopping centers, such as Kingsway, Southgate, or Londonderry
  • In commercial areas along major roadways, such as Stony Plain Road or Gateway Boulevard
  • In central areas like downtown or near major LRT stations, such as Century Park or Clareview
  • On main streets with a mix of commercial uses and good access to transit, such as Whyte Avenue or 124 Street
  • In light industrial and business park areas                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • I don’t know

Question 5:

Respondents were provided with the provincial rules regarding where smoking cannabis can occur. Then respondents were given different ways the City can do enforcement and where to do enforcement when smoking cannabis.
"Respondents were asked to rate their level of agreement on a scale of 1 to 5 or don't know, to the following statement:"
  • Adults should be able to smoke and vape cannabis in the same public places you can smoke tobacco.
  • Smoking and vaping cannabis should be banned in all public places.                                                                                        
  • It is important to me that the City has the resources to enforce smoking cannabis in public, this could mean hiring additional enforcement officers.

Question 6a:

Respondents were provided with 3 federal basic rules about growing and consuming cannabis. Then, respondents were asked to select one response only to the following question:
"When cannabis is legalized, how likely are you to buy cannabis products from a cannabis store?"

Question 6b:

Respondents were asked to select one response only to the following question:
"When cannabis is legalized, do you think you will grow your own cannabis plants at home?"

Question 7a:

Respondents were provided with the federal governments reasons for legalizing cannabis. Then respondents were asked to rate their level of agreement on a scale of 1 to 5 or don't know for the following statement:
“Legalizing cannabis and having legitimate businesses related to cannabis will be positive for Edmonton’s economy.”

Question 7b:

Respondents were asked to select one response only to the following question:
“When cannabis is legalized, would you be interested in starting a cannabis related business or pursuing a job related to cannabis?”