Survey: Majority of Finland Supports Cannabis Decriminalization

According to a recent survey, 53% of Fins believe that cannabis use and possession should not be a crime in Finland but just 24% said that cannabis should be fully legalized.

Full story after the jump.

A survey by Finland’s Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) found 53% of respondents said cannabis use and possession should not be a crime, YLE News reports. Another 24% said cannabis should be legal for any use and 56% said cannabis should be legal for medical use. In 2018, those figures were 18% and 54%, respectively.

Additionally, the survey found 29% of Fins would support decriminalization of all drugs – a 9% increase from the previous survey in 2018. The survey found the same percentage of Fins had tried cannabis – a five-fold increase from the 6% of Fins who said they’d tried cannabis in 1992.

Another 57% of respondents said they thought trying cannabis once or twice carries minor health or other risks, while 20% said the same about other drugs. Karoliina Karjalainen, THL specialist researcher, told YLE News that the increase in drug use among Fins was expected.

“We know from previous research that a significant proportion of age groups born in the 1980s and 1990s have tried drugs.” — Karjalainen via YLE News

Pekka Hakkarainen, THL research professor, added that “Opinions about the criminality surrounding drug use are clearly changing.”

The survey also found increased support for monitored drug use facilities as a way to prevent drug overdoses, with 65% of respondents favoring the plan – an increase of 15% from the 2018 survey.

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