Cannabis and Japanese undergraduates

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If a friend was using cannabis, what would you do? graph of japanese statisticsOne of the big stories doing the rounds in Japan is the number of people getting busted for possession of maru, and the general moral panic over the matter. To try to quantify the size of the problem, the university student-targeted Social Networking Service LinNo today published the results of a survey of their users, as reported by ITMedia.

Demographics

Between the 11th and 18th of November 2008 465 university students who were members of the LinNo SNS completed an internet-based questionnaire. No further demographic information was provided.

The questionnaire seemed just a little tame to me, although perhaps a fuller set of questions was asked. Do students believe it should be legalised? Why was “join in” an option if a friend was puffing away, but not if it was a boy or girlfriend? What about usage of other drugs? What about the “just say no” policy? Do they believe it to be a gateway drug?

Research results

Q1: Have you ever used cannabis? (Sample size=465)

Yes3.4%
No96.6%

Q2: Have you ever been in situations where you could have used cannabis? (Sample size=465)

No, never91.0%
Not really3.9%
A little2.6%
Very much so2.6%

Q3: Would you like to try cannabis? (Sample size=465)

No, never79.4%
Not really9.9%
A little7.7%
Very much so3.0%

Q4: If it was legalised, would you like to try cannabis? (Sample size=465)

No, never65.6%
Not really18.3%
A little10.8%
Very much so5.4%

Q5: Has someone close to you used cannabis? (Sample size=465)

Yes17.0%
No83.0%

Q6: Do you feel cannabis is an issue close to you? (Sample size=465)

No, not at all51.8%
Not really26.9%
A little17.4%
Very much so3.9%

Q7: If a friend was using cannabis, what would you do? (Sample size=465)

Persuade them to quit49.5%
Warn them about it21.7%
Pretend I didn’t see11.6%
Join in3.2%
Other14.0%

Q8: If your boyfriend/girlfriend was using cannabis, what would you do? (Sample size=465)

Persuade them to quit76.1%
Warn them about it9.2%
Other14.6%
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