People have consumed cannabis for thousands of years. And despite decades of cannabis prohibition in the UK and around the world, 5 million Brits have consumed the illegal plant in the last 3 months.
What further proof do we need that the war on drugs has been a huge failure.
A survey by Maru Voice UK also found support for cannabis legalisation in the UK is very strong at the moment, with two thirds (65%) saying they support reform. And it’s not just students and artists – support is widespread and a majority in all sectors of society.
This support for legalization follows on the heels of medical cannabis being approved for a very limited number of patients in November 2018.
So, despite being officially illegal since 1928, cannabis was recently consumed by 11% of the British population. And cannabis consumers are of all ages and income levels, in all regions of the UK, the survey found.
These levels of consumption are comparable to what we see in Canada (14%) where recreational cannabis is completely legal, and the U.S. (15%) where it is legal in ten states, two U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.
Interestingly, Nigeria has the highest rates of cannabis use in the world, with 1 in 5 (20%) of Nigerians using cannabis.
Huge interest in cannabis throughout UK society
The survey also asked participants about their interest in cannabis products. In response to the questioned “assuming cannabis was legal where you live, would you ever consider consuming it?”, almost four in ten (37%) said “yes.”
Again, interest in consuming cannabis is common across the whole of society, with 25% of those 55 and older saying they’d like to have the opportunity to try cannabis.
People were also asked how they would feel about a legal, THC-infused soft drink if it were available in the UK. One in five (20%) said they’d buy it, while a third (33%) suggested they “know many people who would want this type of product.”