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Six million Britons say they’d smoke cannabis if it was legalised

Six million Brits say they’d smoke cannabis if it were legalized… and half a million kids have already tried it

Nearly six million Britons would smoke cannabis if it were legalized, study warns today.

Two large studies found that large numbers of young adults — including parents of elementary school students — would be tempted to adopt the dangerous habit.

Further analysis revealed that half a million children have tried the drug.

The findings have sparked mental health fears and crime levels, given the evidence linking strong cannabis to psychosis.

Yet pressure is mounting on ministers to relax the law, with London Mayor Sadiq Khan announcing a committee to investigate decriminalisation. Frank Young, editor in chief at think tank Civitas and author of the latest research, said last night: ‘This is one of the largest cannabis think tank polls ever conducted and reveals a huge potential increase in new cannabis users if the UK legalizes cannabis.

Two large studies found that large numbers of young adults would be tempted to consume cannabis if it were legalized

Two large studies found that large numbers of young adults would be tempted to consume cannabis if it were legalized

“It should give politicians some food for thought before they dauntlessly bow to pressure to unleash a wave of new cannabis users in the UK. Parents fear that politicians rushing to legalize drugs will make their jobs harder and put their children at risk.

“At a time when police are turning their attention to wacky diversity and inclusion schemes, British parents are telling them they want the police to be there to get drugs off the streets.”

A survey commissioned by Civitas in May asked 4,451 adults across the country about their cannabis use, while the other 1029 asked parents about their attitudes to the Class B drug.

Civitas extrapolated the research figures to calculate that 5.86 million adults would try the drug for the first time – including 775,000 in London.

Still, six in ten parents said they wanted the police to crack down on cannabis use, and seven in ten supported the use of stop-and-search tactics to get the drug off the streets. The Interior Ministry maintains it has no plans to decriminalize cannabis.

It came when research suggested that teens were three times more likely to become addicted to cannabis compared to adults. A study of 274 people by University College London and King’s College London found that young people aged 16 and 17 were 3.5 times more likely to develop an addiction than adults using the drug.

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