Support dwindling for cannabis legislation, poll suggests

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Publish Date
Thursday, 9 May 2019, 4:53p.m.
Less people are in favour of recreational cannabis now than six months ago. (Photo / Getty)

With a referendum on cannabis legalisation announced, Kiwis support appears to be dwindling.

A new poll of more than 1000 people shows 52 percent of kiwis said they'd vote in favour of legalization, with 37 against.

That is down eight percent from an earlier survey six months ago, that one had 60 percent in favour and 24 percent against.

The poll was commissioned by medicinal cannabis company Helius Therapeutics.

Chief executive Paul Manning told Mike Yardley that the drop is significant. 

"At the time of the last survey, the country was talking about medicinal cannabis, and we know support for medicinal cannabis is high in New Zealand."

He thinks that the change in public opinion has come about because the conversation has changed more to recreational cannabis legalisation. 

Manning says they commissioned the poll as they want to see how medicinal cannabis would work in the market alongside recreational cannabis. 

"What you would get is people going through a medical pathway to access this products for a particular condition. If it's easier for people to access say a cannabis oil through a dispensary, they may go down that path." 

He says that their research has found people tend to switch between medicinal and recreational products

Manning says his company will now go into the recreational market. 

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