According to a survey, 50% of respondents in Australia favor recreational marijuana reform

Written by on 28 April, 2022

The marijuana industry has made great strides in recent years. More and more people support the legalization of the plant; whether for medicinal or recreational purposes.

In Australia, for example, support for recreational reform is at a tipping point. According to an online consultation conducted by Essential Research between March 30 and April 2 this year in the country, 50% of the respondents answered in favor of total reform.

The percentage mentioned represents double the number recorded in a 2013 survey conducted by the National Drug Strategy household survey.

On the other hand, the consultation also yielded that 58% of people want to make medical cannabis more affordable by allowing patients to grow their own, and 62% support the removal of current drug-impaired driving laws.

Marijuana reform in Australia

Australia, like other countries, has had intentions to change its policy surrounding medical cannabis at the federal level. In fact, in October 2015, the national government announced that it would legalize commercial growing for medical and scientific purposes. However, reform has moved slowly since then, High Times reported.

Notably, according to the cited media outlet, marijuana remains the “most widely consumed illicit drug worldwide, with an estimated 3.9% of the world’s population (around 192 million people) using the drug regularly. In Australia, the figures are much higher than that. Around 11% of the population used cannabis at least once a year as of 2020.”






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