Cannabis Health News reports
More than three in five residents in Scotland think people should not be prosecuted for the possession of cannabis for personal use, according to a national survey.
Results from the latest Scottish Social Attitudes Survey (SSA) show that 66% of respondents either ‘agree’ or ‘strongly agree’ that people possessing small amounts of cannabis for their own use should not face prosecution.
The proportion of people who support what is effectively the decriminalisation of cannabis for personal use has almost doubled since 2009 when the figure was only 34%.
The annual survey was completed by 1,130 people aged 16 and over, who were selected at random between October 2021 – March 2022. The data has been weighted to be representative of Scotland’s adult population in terms of age, sex and area deprivation.
The findings of the survey are outlined in a new report, published earlier this month which aims to explore public perceptions of people with ‘problem drug use’.
A small minority, just under one in five (18%) ‘disagreed’ or ‘strongly disagreed’ with the statement.
According to the report, those who had tried illegal drugs themselves were more likely than those who had not to have agreed or strongly agreed that people possessing small amounts of cannabis for their own use should not be prosecuted.
The vast majority (89%) of those who had tried illegal drugs either agreed or strongly agreed with this sentiment, compared with around six in ten (57%) of those who had not.