Drug Use and Offending

Figure 1: Public Support for Marijuana Possession 1977-2002

This is a line graph that illustrates Canadians perceptions on the criminalization of marijuana possession from 1977 to 2002.

The Y axis is measured in percentages and increases in increments of 10 from 0 to 50.

The X axis is divided in years for the following years: 1977, 1985, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002.

Two lines are demonstrated. One line shows the proportion of respondents who believe that possession should be a criminal offence another line shows those who believe it should not be an offence.

The two lines diverge demonstrating:

  • An upward trend from 1977 when 23% of Canadians believed that marijuana possession should not be an offence, compared to 37% in 2002; and
  • A downward trend from 1977 when 35% of Canadian believed marijuana possession should be a criminal offence, compared to 22% in 2002.


The Gallup Poll, April 19, 2002, Volume No.62, No.22.

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