December 13th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) Costa Ricans do not support the legalization of marijuana in the country, according to a recent survey by the School of Statistics at the University of Costa Rica (UCR). The survey comes after Uruguay became the first country to fully legalize a national marijuana market.
According to the study, just 15% of Costa Ricans are in favor of legalization, while 50% do not see any benefit in legalizing the drug. Only 15.5% believe marijuana should be legalized.
The survey was conducted amongst a sample of 824 adults across the country and has a margin of error of 3%.
According to data from the Institute on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (IAFA), 2.6% of Costa Ricans consumed marijuana in 2010 and 7.1% have consumed marijuana at some point in their life.
While the survey shows that Costa Rican are against the blanket legalization of marijuana, 52.9% said they would support medical use of the drug.