A survey commissioned by Curaleaf International and conducted by Hanway Associates found that 55% of adult Europeans support legalizing cannabis for adults, with 25% opposed and 20% indifferent. Among those in favor, 81% supported regulated retail, 62% supported home cultivation, and 56% backed social-use clubs.
Of all the 9,043 poll respondents, 48% favored regulated retail, 35% supported home cultivation, and 32% backed social-use establishments. In all, home cultivation had the strongest opposition among those polled (41%).
In a statement, Antonio Costanzo, Curaleaf International CEO, said the report “makes it evident the majority of Europeans want to see recreational cannabis available in a way that allows adults access to high-quality products that are regulated.”
Joe Bayern, CEO at Curaleaf, said “the next step is for legislation to catch up to consumer demand,” noting that Germany’s incoming government has committed to legalizing cannabis for adults and “once Germany goes the rest of the continent is likely to follow suit.”
“This report proves what Curaleaf has been saying for some time now,” he said in a statement, “that Europeans want access to safe, competitively priced, and high-quality cannabis that is legal.”
The poll includes adults 18-and-older throughout France, Germany, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland, and the U.K. between February 24 and March 14.
In December, Malta became the first European Union nation to legalize cannabis for adults, while in October Luxembourg legalized cannabis cultivation for adults.
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