Icelanders overwhelming against legalising cannabis

The idea of legalising pot is not popular among Icelanders.

The idea of legalising pot is not popular among Icelanders. Photo: AFP

Fewer than one in four Icelanders support the legalisation of cannabis for personal use, according to a new opinion poll by MMR (link in Icelandic).

A total of 76.8% or respondents told pollsters that they were against such a move – 19.1% responded ‘quite against’ and 57.7% ‘very against’.

While an overwhelming majority of Icelanders still oppose the legalisation of cannabis use, attitudes are slowly changing. Five years ago, the same poll showed that 87.3% of Icelanders opposed legalisation (November 2011) – over ten percentage points higher than now.

Results vary quite considerably over the various age groups. While 41.3% of 18-29-year-olds would like to see cannabis use legalised, just 4.8% of the 68+ age group are of the same opinion.

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