According to a recent poll, 65% of Ukraine voters support legalizing medical cannabis access for severely ill patients.
The Kyiv Post has reported that the poll had been conducted alongside Ukraine’s October 26 local elections and found that 65 percent support medical cannabis access for severely ill patients.
Currently marijuana possession in the country is a criminal offense.
The poll was initiated by President Volodymyr Zelensky but has no legal ramifications. Some experts have argued that the poll isn’t an accurate reflection of the country as it was only conducted at 55 percent of polling stations mostly in the south.
Polling company Rating Group has claimed that most of the people who participated in the poll were also supporters of the president’s Servant of the People Party.
It was in 2019 that Zelensky delayed the legalization of medical cannabis, saying the country had higher priorities. Although, he told the Post that “many people want to do [cannabis] business in Ukraine.”
“But we can discuss this only when we know that we are really talking about medical marijuana,” he said then.
Zelensky was a former actor who played the Ukrainian president on the television show “Servant of the People.”
The question appeared on ballots as, “Do you support the legalization of medical cannabis in Ukraine to reduce pain for seriously ill patients?”