The Majority Of Europeans Support Marijuana Legalization is America Next
Written by James Rendell on April 13, 2022
Shared By Peter Boykin – American Political Commentator / Citizen Journalist
New International Poll Finds 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.
On average across the eight countries, 55 percent said they support legalizing adult-use cannabis, while 25 percent said they oppose it.
Italian adults expressed the most supportive view toward marijuana legalization, with 60 percent backing creating a regulated cannabis market.
In Germany, where the recently formed coalition government has committed to federally legalizing marijuana and is already starting to preview some of the aspects of the forthcoming market, public support for legalization stands at 50 percent, the new survey found.
Perhaps surprisingly from a U.S. perspective, the new survey found that adults in the Netherlands-a country with a long cultural history with cannabis that’s commonly associated with its grey market “Coffeeshops”-were the least supportive with respect to legalizing and regulating marijuana.
The report’s authors suggest the lack of strong enthusiasm for further reform could be attributable to several different factors, including the complicated relationship between the Dutch people and marijuana tourists and the fact that the current quasi-legal market that exists may be “Dampening the sense of urgency for wider reform.”
“While European countries certainly have much more in common with each other than the markets of North America, it is important to remember that countries are far from uniform in their politics, history, and culture all of which are highly influential in public sentiment, and the pace and shape of change,” the report says.
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