A poll, conducted by Roy Morgan Research in Australia, found that a super majority of Australians support the medicinal use of cannabis, with only 7 percent of participants being opposed. Roy Morgan Research has been asking Australian citizens about marijuana legalization for years, and noted that support for the plant has increased significantly over the course of the last decade.
The most recent poll asked young and old Australians alike: “In your opinion should the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes be made legal or remain illegal?” A majority 91 percent of participants responded that they supported the use of marijuana for medical purposes. The strongest support came from participants aged 50 and older.
Michele Levine, the CEO of Roy Morgan Research, proclaimed that it was not surprising the 50+ age group were the strongest supporters of legalization, with 94 percent of the participating seniors in favor.
“This group is most susceptible to several of the conditions that medicinal marijuana can provide relief from: Parkinson’s disease, cancer, glaucoma and more,”
said Levine when commenting on the poll.
Results also indicated that participants between the ages of 14 to 24 were the least likely to support the use of recreational marijuana, but even so, 85 percent of that group agreed cannabis should be available for medical use. With two percent total of those polled responding as being “unsure” regarding legalization, only 7 percent of those surveyed by Ron Morgan Research were opposed to the plant being made legal for any medicinal purpose.
Although there are some who disregard cannabis as a medical tool, Australian federal health minister, Sussan Ley, announced earlier this month that she is asking for parliamentary support to amend the Australian Narcotics Drugs Act of 1967. This would be a tremendous step in the direction of medical marijuana legalization in Australia.