Brazilians Reject Marijuana Legalization
-Many adults in
Brazil believe cannabis should remain illegal,
according to a poll by Datafolha published in
Folha de Sao Paulo. 79 per cent of respondents
think smoking marijuana should remain a crime.
According to the
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s (UNODC)
annual World Drug Report, marijuana remains the
most widely consumed drug in the planet.
A 2001 UNODC report
stated that one per cent of Brazilians between the
ages of 12 and 64 consumes marijuana at least once
a year. In 2004, the percentage of marijuana users
between the ages of 10 and 18 years in the South
American country fell to 6.4 per cent, from a high
of 7.6 per cent in 1997.
In June 2005,
Brazilian culture minister Gilberto Gil revealed
that he smoked marijuana for years, adding, "I
believe that drugs should be treated like
pharmaceuticals, legalized, although under the
same regulations and monitoring as medicines."
Do you think
smoking marijuana should remain a crime?
Source: Datafolha /
Folha de Sao Paulo
Methodology: Interviews with 6,969 Brazilian
adults, conducted on Aug. 7 and Aug. 8, 2006.
Margin of error is 2 per cent.