Poll: 47% of Scotland Residents Support Cannabis Legalization

New survey data suggests that 47 percent of people living in Scotland currently support legalizing cannabis for adult use.

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A new survey by the Times has found that 47 percent of people living in Scotland support legalizing cannabis for adults with 37 percent opposed and 17 percent unsure.

Support for legalization is split among political affiliation in the poll with 59 percent of Scottish National Party voters supported the reforms, followed by 45 percent of Labour voters, 44 percent of Liberal Democrat voters, and 34 percent of Conservative supporters.

A June social media survey by substance abuse prevention organization Addaction found cannabis to be the most widely used illicit substance in Scotland, with 78 percent of respondents in the poll admitting to using it over the last year, Sky News reports. Among those that admitted to using cannabis, 19 percent said it was the only illegal drug they consumed over the last 12 months, while 54 percent said they used at least two others, 23 percent said they used at least five others. The survey also suggested that cannabis users were the least likely to develop substance abuse problems from cannabis use.

A July poll of the United Kingdom found 48 percent of adults supported legalizing cannabis for adults – a 5 percent increase compared to a survey the previous year. That poll found 77 percent support for medical cannabis legalization.

In the broad UK poll, which was commissioned by the Conservative Drug Policy Reform Group, one in three of the 1,690 respondents admitted to trying cannabis.

In 2017, the Liberal Democrats added legalization to their party platform. While at least two members of Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s administration have expressed support for reforming cannabis laws in the U.K.

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