Attitudes in Spain Toward Legalization and Other Drug Policy Options

"As in previous years, the measure aimed at providing a solution to the drug problem which scored highest is the education provided at schools (backed by 91.8% of the population). The second most highly-supported measure is voluntary drug user treatment (84.9%), followed by police and Customs supervision (84.2%) (Table 2.51 and Fig. 2.50).
"On the contrary, the measures which are considered to be least effective are those regarding legalization. The legalization of all drugs shows a 20.9% support, meaning a 5.3 percentage point rise compared to 2009, although still far from the level encountered ten years ago (27.1%). Support of the legalization of cannabis has been growing since 2007, up to 32.7% of the population found to support cannabis legalization in the last measurement taken. Similarly, the degree of support is not as high as ten years ago (38.5%).
"Similarly, other measures considered to be effective by more than 80% of the citizens are the publicity campaigns (81.0%) and the strict anti-drug laws (80.3%). Hence, the measures considered most highly effective by citizens are the informative measures, voluntary treatment, police control and legal restriction."

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Government Delegation of National Plan on Drugs (Reitox National Focal Point for Spain), "2012 National Report (2011 Data) to the EMCDDA: Spain: New Development, Trends and in-depth information on selected issues" (Madrid, Spain: DGPNSD, Dec. 2012), p. 105.
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