The legalization of cannabis for medical purposes was supported by 70% of the survey participants in the local elections in Ukraine, according to the exit poll data of the sociological group “Rating”.
According to the director of the group Aleksey Antipovich, the legalization of cannabis for medical purposes to reduce pain in seriously ill patients is supported by 70% of those who took part in the elections and in the presidential poll, and only half of those who did not take part in the presidential poll. Approximately one in four respondents is against the legalization of medical cannabis.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy initiated an all-Ukrainian survey on topics important for the country. Its results are of an advisory nature and will not have legal force, unlike the referendum, RIA Novosti writes.
Earlier on October 16, the leader of the Ukrainian Batkivshchyna party, Yulia Tymoshenko, accused Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of wanting to legalize drugs in the country. She stated that the whole purpose of this survey is solely to turn Ukraine into a center for drug trafficking in Europe and to continue Zelensky’s course of selling Ukrainian land, now, as she stressed, for use for the cultivation of cannabis.
On the day of elections to local self-government bodies, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky initiated an all-Ukrainian poll on topics important for the country. In particular, the Ukrainians were asked to answer questions about life imprisonment for corruption on an especially large scale, the creation of a free economic zone on the territory of Donetsk and Lugansk regions, the reduction of the number of people’s deputies to 300, the legalization of cannabis for medical purposes and the right of Ukraine to use the security guarantees defined The Budapest Memorandum to restore its state sovereignty and territorial integrity.
On October 25, the citizens of Ukraine elected deputies of village, city and regional councils, as well as mayors. According to the Central Election Commission of Ukraine, the average voter turnout was 17.3%.
Earlier on the same day, it was reported that the national police of Ukraine opened 14 criminal cases on the facts of violations at the elections. Also, the police drew up 25 reports on the commission of administrative offenses.