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Poll shows support for Bahamian ownership of marijuana industry

A wide majority of Bahamians surveyed about the possibility of a legalized marijuana industry think it should be reserved exclusively for Bahamians.

Research firm Public Domain polled 998 Bahamian households by phone in August to determine the level of support for a medical marijuana industry in The Bahamas that would ‘be guided by foreign companies” or “reserved exclusively for Bahamians”.

 The support for an exclusively Bahamian medical marijuana industry received the support of 56 percent of respondents. Twenty-three percent of respondents said the market should be developed with the help of foreign companies. Eight percent of respondents said they needed more information about the issue; 13 percent said they didn’t know or refused to answer.

Fifty-seven percent of men supported an exclusively Bahamian medical marijuana industry, with 27 percent supporting foreign companies to help develop the market should it become legal. Five percent of men said they needed more information.

Fifty-four percent of women supported an exclusively Bahamian medical marijuana industry, with 20 percent supporting foreign companies to help develop the market should it become legal. Eleven percent of women said they needed more information.

Eighteen to 34 year olds expressed the least support for an exclusively Bahamian medical marijuana industry. Fifty-two percent of that cohort supported it, while 32 percent of that group supported foreign help in developing a legal market. Seven percent of that group said more information was needed.

Fifty-eight percent of those ages 35-54 supported an exclusively Bahamian industry, with 19 percent supporting foreign companies developing the market. Fourteen percent of that group said more information was needed.

Among those ages 55 and over, 58 percent also supported an exclusively Bahamian industry, with 12 percent supporting foreign companies developing the market. Twenty-one percent of that group said more information was needed.

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