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Public Views On Cannabis PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ipsos MORI   
19 Feb 2008

7 February 2008

The Ipsos MORI poll found that nearly three in five (58%) of the public want to see cannabis moved into a higher class, either class A — alongside heroin, cocaine and ecstasy or class B (32% say Class A, 26% say Class B). However the survey indicates that less than half (44%) know that cannabis is currently in class C. In spite of favourability toward higher classification, people do not want want tougher penalties than those already in force for cannabis possession.


  • Less than half know what the classification is
  • Most favoured classification is A, then B, then C
  • 58% would like to see upward shift
  • But not harsher penalties (2 yr max sentence favoured)
  • 80% willing to believe are mental health impacts
  • Three quarters think it contributes to crime or social disorder
  • Mixed awareness means that communication important
  • Download Public Views On Cannabis pdf, 62KB






Technical details

Fieldwork was carried out by Ipsos MORI Telephone Surveys using CATI (Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing) between 11-13 January 2008. All interviews ware conducted by telephone — one interview per household. No incentives were offered to respondents.

Data analysis was carried out by Ipsos MORI Data Services. The data are weighted using rim weights for sex, age, social grade, standard region, housing tenure and working status. Appropriate weights are applied by gender for age, social grade and standard region for sections asked only of men or of women. The weighting is to adjust for any variance in the achievement of the quotas so that the sample is representative of the GB adult population

Last Updated ( 14 Jul 2008 )
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