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8 IN 10 YOUNG WOMEN SAY MAKE DOPE LEGAL.

Byline: SIMON BAKER

MORE than 80 per cent of young women want cannabis legalised, a survey revealed yesterday.

Nearly half think people should be allowed to take it for medicinal purposes.

And 36 per cent of women aged between 18 and 28 want it decriminalised for everyone.

The poll of 1,000 women found that 46 per cent had tried the drug. Sam Baker, editor of Company magazine which carried out the survey, said: "We were surprised to get such a high figure for legalising it.

"This is just one of many surveys that prove people from all walks of life now make a distinction between cannabis and Class A drugs. It's about time the Government got in line with public opinion and accepted that cannabis should be decriminalised."

Those aged 18 to 21 were more likely to have tried the drug - 53 per cent had. More older women, those aged 26 to 28, were in favour of legalising cannabis just for medical use - 53 per cent.

The findings echo other studies. Last year a Police Foundation inquiry called for cannabis to be downgraded from a Class B drug to Class C.

And a House of Lords select committee report earlier this year recommended speeding up research into cannabis's medicinal use. It said it was "undesirable to prosecute genuine therapeutic users".
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