political views and voting intentions of UK drug users
were studied in an anonymous survey of 1153 cannabis
users during 1998. The data includes voting at the
1997 General Election and if an election were held
"tomorrow", with reasons for their choices,
and attitudes to a range of legislative drug policy
of Labour supporters among users at the 1997 election
had subsequently changed voting intention, with a
large swing to the Green Party. Health and environmental
issues are the main determining factors in deciding
the votes of drug users, however the evidence suggests
that drug policy may have become a more significant
factor in deciding voter intentions.
there is widespread support for cannabis law reform,
and strong opposition to current government policies,
the majority of users reject wider legalisation of
all drugs, or an unregulated free market in cannabis.
Most state that a change in the law would neither
increase nor decrease their level of use.
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