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57% of Germans Support Cannabis Legalization
Author: Michael Knodt  08/09/2017 - 23:00:00

When it comes to cannabis acceptance in Europe, attitudes are changing in some countries more rapidly than others. Recent poll results show increased acceptance for adult cannabis use in Germany and Switzerland, whereas Austria is lagging behind her German-speaking companions. 

A Rapid Change of Mood in Germany 

A recent poll conducted by the Mafo market research institute on the behalf of Playboy Deutschland shows majority support for the legalization of cannabis in Germany for the first time. 

According to the survey, 57.5 percent of the German population believe cannabis should be legal for adults to purchase and consume. In addition, 90.5 percent of the more than 1,000 interview respondents do not believe the current drug policy works to prevent people from purchasing or consuming the banned herb. 

Fewer than one-third of the interview subjects surveyed had experience consuming cannabis. “Hard drugs,” such as heroin, cocaine, and meth are still far less tolerated in German society, with 92.9 percent of respondents opposed to making hard drugs legally accessible.

The average German’s opinion of cannabis prohibition is changing rapidly, much like what has been happening in the United States over the past 25 years.

The most significant shift in public acceptance has been happening between the Alps and the North Sea.

According to Emnid Institute polls from 2001 and 2010, support for cannabis legalization in Germany was at 19 percent, compared to 40 percent support in the US at the same time.

By the end of 2014, according to the Infratest-Dimap-Institute, 30 percent of Germans felt cannabis should be sold by trained staff in specialized stores to customers over the age of 18. One year later, in November 2015, support for the sale of cannabis through specialist stores grew to 42 percent.

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