A recent survey conducted in Australia revealed that majority of the country’s residents approve of medical marijuana legalization. Roy Morgan Research conducted the telephone survey on Australians across various age groups, genders, and places of residence. The results showed overwhelming support for medical cannabis legalization in Australia, with more than 90 percent of the survey respondents desiring to have a medical marijuana bill implemented in the country.
In terms of gender, 92 percent of women and 90 percent of men said that medical marijuana should be legalized in Australia. The above-50 age group showed the strongest support for the bill, with 94 percent of them rooting for medical marijuana to become legal. “Not surprisingly, Australians aged 50+ are the strongest supporters, as this group is most susceptible to several of the conditions that medicinal marijuana can provide relief from: Parkinsonâ€™s disease, cancer, glaucoma and more,” said research company CEO Michele Levine in a news release.
In contrast, the younger generation of 14-to-24 age group showed the least affirmatives of any age bracket, but its 85 percent approval of medical marijuana still speaks volumes about the public’s clamor for medical pot.
“The results indicate an overwhelming support for legalising the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes,” said Levin. He added that the results are a great support for the Australian government’s plan to legalize medical marijuana. “This bodes extremely well for the Federal Governmentâ€™s plan to legalise the growing of cannabis for medicinal purposes.”
In a surprising twist, survey results showed that Australians are aware that medical marijuana has other means of administration to the human body apart from smoking. “It should also be noted that only one third of the population believes that the smoking of marijuana should be made legal. This demonstrates that Australians understand that smoking and consuming marijuana for medicinal purposes are two very separate issues,” Levin expressed further.