More young people think weed should be legal than tobacco, study finds

 

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The Independent Online

A new study has found that people think tobacco is more harmful than marijuana, and most think the latter should be legalised.

The survey of 1000 people found that 'over half of young people think cannabis should be legal, whilst 50.9% think that tobacco should be illegal.'

This comes as more research into the medical properties of cannabis is undertaken, and several states in the US experience an economic boost from legalising the drug with little to no adverse effects on crime.

The study was conducted by Student Money Saver from its Facebook followers; not the most solid methodology so this should be taken with a pinch of salt, and is perhaps more reflective of the student mind-set than the country as a whole.

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Other key findings the survey produced:

  • 25% of people under 30 believe alcohol should be illegal
  • Less than half of people think tobacco should be legal
  • More people thought cannabis should be legal than tobacco
  • 51% of people between 18 and 30 know someone with an alcohol problem
  • 45.8% of students agree or strongly agree that there is a drug culture at their university
  • Over half of young people think that cannabis should be legal
  • Young people buying drugs from dealers do not feel safe whilst doing so
  • 19% of respondents have had a blackout due to drugs or alcohol within the last year

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