More calls for cannabis reform, survey finds

  • A graphic produced by Profiles of Bermuda comparing voting trends between last year and this year

    A graphic produced by Profiles of Bermuda comparing voting trends between last year and this year

Calls to reform cannabis laws are increasing, according to Profiles of Bermuda.

They conducted a survey of 407 registered voters that found 79.3 per cent wanted the law to be changed, compared with 70.8 per cent in last year’s survey.

“While the results are not statistically significant from last year, there is growing support for some kind of reform to the current marijuana laws,” said the group, an assessment and human resources development company.

Profiles of Bermuda concluded that nearly four in ten voters prefer decriminalisation, compared with one-third in 2014, and that a similar amount support legalisation with Government regulation.

The group said that the percentage of voters who wanted the laws to remain the same fell from 27.4 per cent last year to 19.4 per cent this year.

Their survey also states that voters between the ages of 18 and 34 are leading the charge for legalisation with Government regulation, with 48 per cent supporting the change.

But the older population was more inclined to support decriminalisation, according their poll, with 40 per cent of the 35-54 age group behind it, dropping to 37.3 per cent among those 55 and over.

Profiles of Bermuda also noted that males were more likely than females to favour legalisation with Government regulation (41.7 per cent compared with 33.2 per cent), while females were more likely to opt for decriminalisation (40.9 per cent compared with 33.2 per cent for males).

According to the survey, households whose occupants earn $100,000 or more tend to favour decriminalisation, with 43.9 per cent voting for it, while households earning less than $100,000 are more likely to favour legalisation.

In households earning between $50,000 and $100,000, 42.9 per cent prefer legalisation with Government regulation, as do 34.7 per cent of those earning less than $50,000, the survey found.

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Published Jun 28, 2015 at 8:51 pm (Updated Jun 28, 2015 at 9:00 pm)

More calls for cannabis reform, survey finds

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