Majority Of Europeans Support Marijuana Legalization, New International Poll Finds

Majority Of Europeans Support Marijuana Legalization, New International Poll Finds
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Support for marijuana legalization in the U.S. has been consistently climbing as more states move to end prohibition—and a new, landmark survey out of Europe shows similar majority support for regulating cannabis in several major countries in the region. The poll from the London-based Hanway Associates, which was sponsored in part by the cannabis company Curaleaf International, looked at eight different European countries, asking residents whether they favor legalizing and regulating marijuana for adults over 18 years old. The survey directed questions to residents in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. There was outright majority support for legalization in each of those countries, except the Netherlands, where a plurality of respondents backed the reform. On average across the eight countries, 55 percent said they support legalizing adult-use cannabis, while 25 percent said they oppose it. Eighteen percent said that they weren’t sure. Via Hanway Company. “We see this polling as significant because it suggests that widespread cannabis reform in Europe is now simply a question of when and how, rather than an ‘if,’” Hanway Associates’s Charlotte Bowyer, a co-author of the report, told Marijuana Moment. Respondents were also asked about their stance on varying regulatory models for marijuana sales, from traditional commercial retailers that are increasingly common in states across the U.S. to cannabis social clubs where adult members could purchase and consume marijuana on-site. When all respondents—including those who support and oppose legalization—were asked specifically about whether they favor certain forms of marijuana access, 48 percent said that they back regulated retail stores, 35 percent said they support a non-commercial home grow model and 32 percent said they are in favor of cannabis social clubs. Via Hanway Company. Notably, the home grow option saw the strongest opposition, with an average of 41 percent…

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