Poll: 65% of Ukrainians Support Medical Cannabis Legalization

Recent polling shows 65 percent of Ukraine voters support legalizing medical cannabis access for severely ill patients.

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A poll conducted alongside Ukraine’s October 26 local elections found 65 percent support medical cannabis access for severely ill patients, Kyiv Post reports. Cannabis possession remains a criminal offence in the nation.

Despite the poll being initiated by President Volodymyr Zelensky, it has no legal ramifications. Some experts say the poll doesn’t accurately reflect public opinion as it was only conducted at 55 percent of polling stations mostly in the south. Polling company Rating Group also claimed that most of the people who participated in the poll were supporters of the president’s Servant of the People Party.

Last year, Zelensky delayed the legalization of medical cannabis, saying the country had higher priorities. Although, he told the Post that “many people want to do [cannabis] business in Ukraine.”

“But we can discuss this only when we know that we are really talking about medical marijuana,” he said at that time. Prior to his election, in an interview with Unian, Zelensky expressed support for medical cannabis “droplets.”

In a statement outlined by Barron’s, the Zelensky administration estimated “at least 2 million Ukrainians need” medical cannabis.

The question appeared on ballots as, “Do you support the legalization of medical cannabis in Ukraine to reduce pain for seriously ill patients?”

Zelensky, a former actor who played the Ukrainian president on the television show “Servant of the People” has also expressed support for other liberal policies, including legalizing prostitution and Las Vegas-style gambling.

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