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Even Half of Cannabis Non-Consumers Support Legalization

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Not a cannabis consumer? Most people aren’t — but nearly half of them nonetheless support cannabis legalization, according to a Civilized culture poll conducted by PSB research.

Over the course of 1,000 online interviews with American adults 21 and over, as well as with 600 Canadian adults 19 and over (i.e. the legal cannabis consumption ages in both countries, respectively), PSB explored the attitudes of marijuana consumers and non-consumers toward cannabis culture and legal reform.

Eighty-five percent of the poll’s respondents (including cannabis consumers and non-consumers) said they support some form of legalization, while 63 percent of non-consumers, as well as 95 percent of consumers, said legalization has had a positive economic effect.

The survey also found that 41 percent of non-consumers have nonetheless used cannabis before, while many of those who haven’t tried it would be willing to consider trying it. When asked why they don’t use cannabis, 30 percent of non-consumers in the US and 21 percent in Canada said they didn’t have a particular reason for abstaining, however Canadian non-consumers were more likely than their American counterparts (42 percent versus 26 percent, respectively) to cite health risks behind their decision. Nonetheless, 31 percent of American non-consumers and 24 percent of Canadians who never used cannabis said they would be open to trying it someday.

Whether someone has a personal relationship to cannabis or not, the survey shows consumption is not a prerequisite to more progressive cannabis politics. Both American and Canadian consumers and non-consumers fall into similar distributions of income brackets, and tend to have the same issue priorities, such as health care and economic policy — both of which tie in to cannabis law reform.

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