How many people in Malta smoke weed and how many support legalisation?

By December 14, 2019 February 27th, 2020 One Comment

Not that many as it turns out.

According to the result of a phone survey carried out earlier this year, 9.3% of respondents confessed to having toked up at least once in their lifetime.

Unsurprisingly, those aged between 18 and 35 were most likely to have tried cannabis, with 17.5% saying this was the case.

Cannabis use appears to be correlated with a lack of democratic engagement, or a strong dislike of BS, depending how you want to look at it. With 14.7% of those who didn’t vote in the last election admitting to cannabis use, compared to 10.8% of PN voters and 9.1% of Labourites.

Gozo reported the lowest rate of cannabis use at 4.6%, compared with 14.2% in the Northern region, consisting of Gharghur, Mellieha, Mgarr, Mosta, Naxxar and St Paul’s Bay.

While one in ten said they had tried the drug, three in ten said they know someone who ‘uses cannabis’. This increased to 45.7% among Nationalist voters, compared to 23.4% of Labour Party voters.

Roughly a quarter (23.6%) of the population said it agreed with the legalisation of cannabis for recreational purposes. 66.6% said they were against, while 9.8% said they didn’t know.

Despite Nationalists saying they knew more smokers; they were less likely to say they were in favour of legalisation. 14.5% of PN voters agreed to Labour voters’ 27.1%.

At 31.9%, support for legalisation was highest in the Southern Harbour region, which includes: Cospicua, Fgura, Floriana, Luqa, Zabbar, Kalkara, Marsa, Paola, Santa Lucija, Senglea, Tarxien, Valletta, Vittoriosa and Xghajra.

The region with the lowest rate of support for legalisation was the Northern Harbour region, the same region where most people reported having used cannabis at least once in their life.

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