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Brazilians Reject Marijuana Legalization

Angus Reid Global Scan : Polls & Research, August 22, 2006

-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."

Polling Data

Do you think smoking marijuana should remain a crime?

Yes 79%
No 18%
Not sure 2%
 

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.