Cannabis legalisation: 47% support sale of drug through licensed shops, poll reveals

The findings were welcomed as a breakthrough by campaigners for reform of drug laws
The Independent (UK)
Saturday, April 9, 2016

Strong support for legalising the sale of cannabis through licensed shops has emerged in an opinion poll in the UK. Some 47 per cent of people back the idea, while 39 per cent oppose it and 14 per cent are “don’t knows”, according to the survey of 2,000 people by polling company ORB. The proposal has been adopted by the Liberal Democrats, after they commissioned a study by experts which found that controlled sales of cannabis to over-18s in specialist shops could generate £1bn of tax revenue by cutting out the criminals who profit from the trade in the drug.