Sixty per cent of British Columbians are in favour of legalizing marijuana, according to a new Angus Reid poll released Thursday.

The survey, which polled people in Canada and the United States, found the majority in both countries were in favour of making pot readily available for those who want to use it.

The findings showed 57 per cent of Canadians and 54 per cent of Americans support legalizing the drug.

In Canada, the poll showed that men were more likely than women to want the drug legalized, while there was no significant gender gap in the U.S.

The bulk of support came from those aged 35 to 54 in Canada and 18 to 34 in the U.S.

In both countries, the majority of people polled felt the “war on drugs,” a term used to describe government efforts to reduce the drug trade, has been a failure.