Support for legal cannabis slips in new poll

By May 9, 2019 Recent News

NewsHub 9 May 2019
Family First Comment: And will continue to slip 🙂

As the prospect of legal cannabis gets closer, Kiwis appear to be getting nervous.

A new poll has found the gap between support for legalisation and opposition is narrowing.

In a new poll conducted by Horizon, 52 percent of Kiwis said they’d vote in favour of legalisation in next year’s referendum, and 37 percent against.

When Horizon asked the exact same question six months ago, 60 percent were in favour and 24 percent against.

The poll was commissioned by medicinal cannabis company Helius Therapeutics. Chief executive Paul Manning said it might reflect the changing conversation around the popular drug.

“The commentary around cannabis has shifted in recent months. We’re now seeing some concerted scaremongering by conservative groups and others about cannabis being legalised for personal use.”

Whereas six months ago the airwaves were filled with talk about the benefits of medicinal cannabis.

“What we do know, after commissioning two large surveys on the topic, is that a majority of Kiwis continue to support legalising the personal use of cannabis,” said Manning. “There may have been a lot of political noise in recent days, but that statistical fact hasn’t changed in six months.”

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