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Eurobarometer reports 53 percent of young Slovaks support marijuana ban

Slightly more than half (53 percent) of Slovaks aged between 15 and 24 support a complete ban on use of marijuana, according to a Eurobarometer survey that questioned 502 Slovaks, the TASR newswire reported.

Slightly more than half (53 percent) of Slovaks aged between 15 and 24 support a complete ban on use of marijuana, according to a Eurobarometer survey that questioned 502 Slovaks, the TASR newswire reported.

The figure recorded in Slovakia is below the European average, which stood at 59 percent, TASR wrote, based on the survey. Conversely, 41 percent of the young Slovaks participating in the survey supported regulated access to marijuana, while 5 percent were in favour of unrestricted access. The most liberal views were recorded in the Netherlands, where only one-third advocated a complete ban, while 13 percent championed no restrictions. A Eurobarometer survey in 2008 revealed that more than two-thirds of young Europeans were decisively against marijuana use at that time.

The latest survey also focused on young people's attitude towards other drugs. Almost all Slovaks in the poll (97 percent) said that heroin and cocaine should remain banned, while 92 percent supported a complete ban on ecstasy. The poll further revealed that 11 percent of young Slovaks would support a ban on tobacco products and 6 percent would like to see alcohol prohibited.

Source: TASR

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