In what is yet another indication that the attitude shift regarding medical cannabis is changing, a survey conducted in the USA has revealed that most police officers favour laws allowing for medical marijuana use.
Pew, the company responsible for conducting the survey, interviewed 7,900 law enforcement officers between May and August of 2016.
69% of the police officers surveyed believe that cannabis should be legal for medical use, compared to 31% who believe it should be illegal. This means that more than 7 out of every 10 uniformed officer support medical cannabis laws.
Perhaps more interestingly, 32% of officers who took part in the survey believe that cannabis should be legalized for medical and personal use. This becomes an even more surprising figure when taking into account that these responses were recorded before a number of changes to state cannabis laws in November 2016.
Pew have suggested that their results indicate the largest ever percentage of surveyed police officers who agree with legalizing cannabis in some form.
Alongside their Police Officer survey, Pew also asked the same set of questions to a number of adults who did not work in law enforcement. The survey revealed that 85% of respondents believe that cannabis should be legal for medical use, while 49% support the recreational use of cannabis.