Survey: what if recreational use of cannabis is legalised?
Safeguard is running a
about the impact on your organisation's drug & alcohol policies and testing regime should the use of recreational cannabis be legalised as a result of the referendum due to be carried out at the general election in September.
The survey is for NZ-based H&S and HR practitioners working in (or advising) organisations with existing drug & alcohol policies.
The survey is anonymous and takes less than a minute to complete. It will be open until 18 May.
You can do the survey
A summary of the results will appear in the May/June edition of Safeguard magazine; I'll also summarise them here on the Forum.
Preliminary analysis of just over 400 responses:
53% of respondents oppose the
Cannabis Legalisation and Reform Bill
30% support it
16% not sure
1% don't intend to vote
Supplementary question Mr Speaker: how representative of the general voting population are H&S practitioners?
It seems fairly consistent with the general population:
I can't remember what the questions exactly were In the survey but was there any data gathered on the reason why a respondent opposes/supports the bill? I can't find the attached file now but I have read that a lot of people are basing their choice on existing biases on how they feel about cannabis (one way or the other) and not actually answer the question ask which is "should cannabis be regulated and controlled differently" rather than "should cannabis be legal". The article was based on surveys where they found a large proportion of against actually changed their mind when they were given clear information about what the proposed legislation actually meant.
Of course take this reply with a large grain of salt as I can't seem to find the article I (at least think) I read!
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