Americans say Cannabis should be legal.
The support for US Cannabis legalization reaches a new high exposing a national shift as more states legalize cannabis for medical or adult use.
In an unprecedented move Americans support for legal Cannabis was 61 percent in 2018, a rise from 57 percent two years ago, according to the General Social Survey, which is a respected trend survey that has been measuring support for legal Cannabis since the 1970s.
The General Social Survey has been conducted since 1972 by NORC at the University of Chicago, primarily using in-person interviewing.
Sample sizes for each year’s survey vary from about 1,500 to about 3,000 adults, with margins of error falling between plus or minus 2.2 percentage points and plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.
The most recent survey was conducted April 12 through Nov. 10, 2018, and includes interviews with 2,348 American adults.
According to Leafly:
As of 2019, Legal Cannabis Has Created 211,000 Full-Time Jobs in America
An analysis of the survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and the General Social Survey staff finds that increased backing of legalization cut across all age groups and political parties. The 2018 poll is the first in which a majority of Republicans support legalizing marijuana — 54 percent, up from 45 percent in 2016. Among Democrats, 76 percent now favor legalization. Even the political venue is starting to come around and see that the fruits of ending this needless prohibition of HEMP in general far outway any negative effects!
“Never in modern history has there existed
greater public support for ending the nation’s
nearly century-long experiment with marijuana prohibition.”
Justi Strekal, political director, NORML
I have been involved with NORML since the seventies. I have been a proponent of ending the prohibition on Cannabis all my adult life. I for one have suffered the legal consequences of civil disobedience. Daddy always taught me “don’t play unless you can pay”!
The rising support mirrors the evolving legal landscape across the country. Most Americans now live in places where marijuana is legal in some form, with 10 states allowing recreational usage and more than 30 allowing medicinal use.
The GSS asks about making use of marijuana legal, but does not specify whether it should be legal for recreational or medical use. What they are really concerned with is how do they control it?
Schedule 1 ?????
Legalization advocates say the increasing public support should prompt the U.S. government to reverse course. At the federal level, marijuana is categorized as a dangerous illegal drug, similar to LSD or heroin. It is totally evident with all the positive effects being reported that the scheduling was wrong. Cannabis irrefutably has medical benefits and recreationally is not as dangerous as alcohol or tobacco. What it comes down to is that the government does not have the right to control something that was lied about.
“Our time has come,” said Justin Strekal, political director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, or NORML. “Never in modern history has there existed greater public support for ending the nation’s nearly century-long experiment with marijuana prohibition.”
Support for legalization is strongest among 18-to-34-year-olds, with nearly 75 percent favoring it.
But older Americans are taking a more favorable view, too. Forty-six percent of those 65 and older say marijuana should be legal, up from 42 percent in 2016. Views on marijuana legalization have shifted dramatically: In the 1973 GSS, just 19 percent supported legalization.
Look at those numbers! How can our elected officials deny this! And I do believe that they are not asking the right baby boomers lol. I see it more as almost everyone I talk to says it should be legal whether they use it or not!
The change in Americans’ views about cannabis can also be witnessed on the campaign trail. A growing list of Democratic presidential contenders want the U.S. government to legalize marijuana, including California Sen. Kamala Harris, a former prosecutor whose home state is the nation’s largest legal pot shop, and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, a prominent legalization advocate on Capitol Hill. Even retired Senators and representatives are jumping on the boat to be in front of this movement when legalization inevitably happens.
Support for legalization has been gradually growing for years, but it has increased sharply since 2012, when Colorado and Washington state became the first states to legalize the recreational use of cannabis. Now other states and even the District of Columbia, our nation’s capital have legalized the use for adults. How ironic is that? Our leaders live where it’s legal but want to control us?????
United States Attorney General William Barr
We have a new Attorney General in the United States, William Barr and he said during a Senate hearing that he would prefer Congress pass the STATES Act—a bill to let states legalize marijuana—than continue the current approach of states ending cannabis prohibition contrary to federal law. He also said he’s not sure if Cole Memo protections should apply to cannabis businesses that started operations after his predecessor Jeff Sessions rescinded it, though he won’t go after those who were operating under its protections before then. And, he pledged to act on pending applications for licenses to grow cannabis for research. All praise that sessions is gone and a reasonable person has taken his place. So far this AG has met or exceeded my expectations.
Other politicians speaking out on the subject and proposing bills to end the prohibition are:
Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), a presidential candidate, tweeted, “There’s a lot of talk about the legalization of marijuana. It’s about time. But there’s not nearly enough talk about restorative justice to lift minority communities gutted by the war on drugs.”
Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) said he’s “glad Attorney General Barr today reiterated his belief that the current situation is untenable and that the STATES Act is an approach he would be interested in pursuing, and I hope my colleagues will hear his loud and clear call for Congress to act.”
Rep. Lou Correa (D-CA) tweeted about “importance of medical cannabis for our #veterans. 68,000 vets are addicted to opioids. We must research better ways to treat PTSD, TBI, and chronic pain. Our vets deserve it.”
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) tweeted, “Even [Attorney General William Barr] knows the prohibition of cannabis is senseless. We must build upon the momentum!”
I could go on and on with the statements, tweets and bill proposals but you get the point. The government is coming around and can see that change is needed. Between state Legislatures and the federal Congress there are over 1000 bills proposed to change the way we handle Cannabis!
Home Values Increase
I saw an article in a science and health magazine that revealed:
“cities that allow retail dispensaries saw home values increase $22,888 more than cities where marijuana is illegal from 2014 to 2019 (controlling for population and initial home values).” That is so very cool! It is a sociological phenomena happening across the country. Those cities crime rates are down, opiod deaths are down, DUI has slowed per capita and people are nicer to each other. Go figure????
Here is some Cannabis Trivia!
Jeopardy had a question about the relationship between marijuana and beer.
Actor Timothy Olyphant spoke about his marijuana consumption and about the time his dogate cannabis edibles.
CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta said CBD is a “legitimate medicine.
I can see the end of the prohibition on the horizon. Just the economic and environmental changes we could implement just by developing plant based products that are renewable, recyclable and eco friendly!
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