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UK: New poll shows 70% support for legal regulation of cannabis
    #446349 - 07/14/10 06:19 PM (8 years, 10 months ago)

this was originally posted by aj123 at the shroomery, but thought i might as well share it on here

Liberal Democrats for Drug Policy Reform

Tuesday 13 Jul 2010

Three other drugs: Magic Mushrooms, Amphetamines, and Mephedrone show a majority in favour of legalisation and regulation, whilst 3 in 10 people would prefer the state regulate rather than prohibit heroin supply.

These poll results demonstrate that the public is ready for a mature, open discussion of alternative approaches to drug policy and that there is no need for politicians to fear a backlash should they express doubts about the wisdom of our current approach.

Rather than just ask whether each drug should be “legalised”, the poll gave brief descriptions of three regulatory options and asked the public to pick which they thought most tolerable for each of a series of drugs. The options were:

* Light regulation (drugs sold like tobacco and alcohol are now)
* Strict government control and regulation (an example of how government could heavily regulate a legal market in an attempt to minimise harm)
* and Prohibition (the current status of illegal drugs).

support for legalisation regulation combnes support for the first two options

Headline results include:

* 70% support for cannabis legalisation/regulation, with 1 in 3 of those polled feeling that it should be sold in a similar way to alcohol and tobacco.
* More people supporting legalisation/regulation than prohibition for 3 other drugs: Magic Mushrooms (52% to 34%), Amphetamines (49% to 40%), and the recently banned “legal high” Mephedrone (41% to 39%).
* 39% support for the legal regulation of ecstasy sales, 36% support for regulation of cocaine, and 30% of respondents supported the legal regulation of heroin.
* For alcohol and tobacco over 1 in 4 respondents supported strict government control and regulation and 8% expressed a desire for tobacco to be prohibited.

Ewan Hoyle, founder of campaigning group Liberal Democrats for Drug Policy Reform says:

"The "Do you think x drug should be legalised?" question asked in polls up until now has failed to elicit any useful information. It may be interpreted by many poll participants as a question on their moral tolerance of drug use, or may conjure up thoughts of an unregulated free-market that they rightly judge to be dangerous. This poll shows that, when asked to choose between some of the actual regulatory options available, the public regards the strict controls and regulations that are being proposed by the reform movement as a sensible solution to our drugs problem."

"The percentage favouring the legal regulation of Class A drugs is far higher than in previous polls and I would expect this percentage to rise still further as the debate progresses and the causes of the astronomical social and financial costs of problem drug use under the current system are explained. Prohibition of cocaine and heroin is causing, not preventing, massive harms to communities in the UK, and to all the countries in the world that this illegal trade touches."





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Re: UK: New poll shows 70% support for legal regulation of cannabis [Re: Shaggy420]
    #446410 - 07/14/10 09:20 PM (8 years, 10 months ago)


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Re: UK: New poll shows 70% support for legal regulation of cannabis [Re: Thebooedocksaint]
    #446755 - 07/15/10 04:43 PM (8 years, 9 months ago)

another similar article

Brits Say: Legalise It!



Tuesday 13 Jul 2010

mingle-Trend presents the results of a representative survey asking Brits if cannabis should be legalised and taxed in the UK.

A controversial topic over recent years has been the law surrounding the supply and usage of cannabis. mingle trend conducted a representative survey to ask Brits if they think the currently class B drug should be legalised and taxed in the UK.

With 55%, the majority were in favour of legalising cannabis, of which only a small proportion were against the suggestion of it being taxed. Men, who are reported to be more likely to be drug users, were also more likely than women to support such a change in the law with 61% compared to just under a half.

Reports suggest those aged 16-29 are the highest users of cannabis which is supported by the fact those in their twenties and thirties were most likely to support legalisation with 58%. However, in contrast teens were most likely to oppose a change in the law with just over a half.

It is thought that there are up to five million regular users of cannabis in the UK but they should not be branded as criminals particularly when crime levels as a result of the drug’s usage are thought to be relatively low. The government has the British support, it is time to legalise cannabis and use taxes raised through its sale to help benefit the rest of society.

Results and graphs can be found under the following link:


The mingle-trend is representative of the population. All surveys will be conducted to comply with strict market research regulations and standards. Further use, both commercial and private; of the results, corresponding redactional content and charts provided in this blog is permitted. The source citation "respondi-mingle – the opinions platform" is required for usage. The content is licensed in accordance with Creative Commons





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