Bahamians support “lighting up”



Bahamians in favour of medicinal marijuana

Some 66 per cent of Bahamians believe that adults should be allowed to use marijuana as part of a medicinal treatment plan, according to a new study released Wednesday by Public domain.

The study, which was conducted between June 1 and 14, also revealed that Bahamians view tobacco, alcohol, and sugar, as more harmful than marijuana, with only 40 per cent agreeing that medical marijuana is addictive.

According to the survey, 47 per cent of persons believe that medical marijuana legalisation will lead to increased recreational use, however, 71 per cent believe marijuana should be legalised for medical purposes.

Meanwhile, the survey also revealed that 38 per cent of Bahamians believe patients who say they need medical marijuana, while 20 per cent believe patients will use the drug recreationally.

The survey did not ask about recreational marijuana or about possible decriminalization – only attitudes toward medical marijuana.

About 998 residents across the country were interviewed using a random telephone number selection, Public Domain said.

The study comes as the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) gets ready to present a report on marijuana at the annual heads of government meeting presently underway in Montego Bay, Jamaica.