According to a recent survey conducted by the Norstat Institute, it appears that public opinion in Germany is divided regarding the planned legalisation of cannabis.
The survey outcomes
The survey, released on Tuesday, indicates that 50 percent of respondents support the plans outlined by the Ministry of Health. However, 33 percent oppose them, and 17 percent remain undecided.
While a significant portion of the population favours the idea of legalisation, many worries about how it will come into practice. One major worry, according to the respondent, is the risk of psychosis, particularly among youth. This concern voiced by 68 percent of those surveyed. Nearly half of respondents advocate for legalisation only for individuals aged 25 and older. Additionally, 54 percent perceive cannabis as a gateway drug, and 38 percent believe that smoking cannabis is more harmful than consuming alcohol.
Interestingly, 17 percent of respondents admit to having tried cannabis previously. Of these individuals, 43 percent support legalisation, arguing that cannabis consumption has become as socially acceptable as drinking alcohol. The most commonly cited reason for supporting legalisation was the belief that it would help curb the black market, with 55 percent of respondents viewing this as a mitigating factor. However, 27 percent remain sceptical about this potential outcome.
The planned legalisation of cannabis in Germany is scheduled to take effect on April 1st. The new regulations aim to allow limited access to cannabis—up to 25 grams per day—through non-commercial clubs. The possession and consumption of cannabis will continue to be prohibited for individuals under 18 years of age. Furthermore, the cultivation of up to three plants for personal use will be permitted. The survey, which informed these findings, was conducted among 1,030 participants.
The survey results underscore the complex mix of attitudes and concerns surrounding the legalisation of cannabis in Germany. While there is notable support for the change in policy, there are also significant reservations regarding its potential consequences. As the country prepares for this significant shift in drug policy, policymakers must carefully consider these diverse perspectives to ensure that the implementation of legalisation is both effective and responsible.