For decades, the fighting for freedom has been ongoing. Weed legalisation has been an unpopular opinion for much of that time. Back in the 1970s, only a small fraction of Australians supported legalising marijuana. Things have certainly changed since then.
Here’s the current stats on weed legalisation support.
Young people are more supportive of legalisation than the older Australians. Nearly half of those between 18 and 40 years old would like to see weed legalised.
- 18 to 24 years old, 48.4%
- 25 to 29 years old, 47.3%
- 30 to 39 years old, 45.8%
The percentage of Australians who support legal recreational cannabis use decreases directly with age.
A Roy Morgan phone survey conducted in October, 2015 showed over 9 out of 10 Australians support the medicinal use of marijuana. While only 7% are against medical weed legalisation and 2% couldn’t say .
Opponents of legalisation fear usage will drastically increase, or that cannabis is a ‘gateway drug’. The question remains for some if legal access to recreational marijuana will reduce productivity, and negatively impact health and safety.
“Should smoking marijuana be legal – or should it remain illegal?” From 2004 to 2014, the support for recreational legalisation grew from 26.8% to 31.8%.
The age bracket that has seen the greatest increase in support has been the seniors, over 65 years old. No research explains why. But there is certainly some speculation that the aging hippy population is behind the trend. Support sits at about 25%, which still lags behind the youth numbers.
Weed legalisation is a global trend. Catalonia, Canada, Uruguay, plus 11 states in America have also legalised recreational use. Many more have legalised medical use, and several have decriminalised every aspect.
What You Can Do To Help Weed Legalisation In Australia
Friendly Aussie Buds has partnered with Better Letters to campaign directly for improved legislation. Here’s how it works:
- Go to the Make A Difference for Cannabis Legalisation Campaign
- Follow the Instructions to send a letter to a Member of Parliament.
- Choose the Legalisation Letter Template, or write your own letter.
- Add your signature.
There is a nominal fee charged through Better Letters because they actually print out a real letter on 100% recycled paper. They make sure that real letter gets to the person who can make a difference.
Overall, most Australian adults support the end of marijuana prohibition. The establishment of a safe and regulated market for consumers to obtain marijuana securely is the next natural step.
Above all, Australians support decriminalisation and legalisation for medicinal cannabis. Yet, there is still less support for recreational legalisation, but attitudes certainly are changing.
We have a long way to go, but as we work together, we’ll get there.