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92% of Irish people believe that cannabis should be legalised when recommended by a doctor

The vast majority of Irish people are in favour of cannabis being legalised for medical purposes upon the recommendation of a doctor.

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THE VAST MAJORITY of Irish people are in favour of cannabis being legalised here when recommended for medical reasons by a doctor according to a new survey.

The survey shows that 92% of Irish people would be in favour of the legalisation of cannabis for medical purposes.

Support for the question was highest in the Munster counties at 94%, although all areas surveyed showed greater than 90% of respondents answering ‘yes’ to the question.

Women showed a 93% favourability towards the survey question compared to 90% of men asked.

The opinion poll was carried out by Red C Research on behalf of Help Not Harm in order “to understand the general views of the public towards the medical use of cannabis”.

1,000 respondents were interviewed via phone call using a random selection of the Irish population.

A Medical Cannabis Bill will be debated in the Dáil this week for the first time since its submission in July.

Help Not Harm is a non-profit organisation campaigning in its own words for “a health-based approach to drugs in Ireland”.

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