If you were one of 10 people in a room right now, you would probably be able to smoke a big fatty with five of those other people, because the latest poll from Gallup reported that legalized marijuana has a 66% national approval rate! I know, it feels like Christmas all over again.
Here’s the breakdown of how the upswing happened: the first time Gallup asked the question about legalizing marijuana was during the counterculture movement in 1969, when tricky Dick Nixon was in the White House, and only 12% of American adults supported legalization. By the time the Eighties & Nineties came around, marijuana’s approval rate had doubled to 25%, where it pretty much stayed few decades.
Then came the turn of the century and The Aughts found a third of American adults stating they were in favor of marijuana legalization. And in 2018, it doubled again and now stands at 66% national approval. We have reached the tipping point regarding marijuana legislation & there is no turning back. Every day, in state assemblies, there is progressive and comprehensive marijuana legislation being proposed and enacted. For both recreational and medicinal legalization. There are thousands of sick children, Veteran’s and senior citizens who are actively benefiting from marijuana and I triple-double-dare you to tell the parent of an epileptic child you are taking away the only treatment that works for their child. Plus, cannabis is a proven billion-dollar industry, offering hundreds of thousands of jobs to Americans in 29 different states.
And even Republicans love weed, too! Well, not Jeff Sessions. Sure, Democrats are the ones who have traditionally been behind social changes & political advancements, though it seems as if red states are finally seeing the benefits of marijuana as well. Understand that approval of marijuana does not necessarily equate to use of marijuana, though the statistics are very promising. According to the Gallup poll, Republicans expressing support for marijuana legalization is up nine points from last year, and currently stands at 52%.
That is what I call progress. Of course, there is still plenty of work to be done in and for communities of color that have been disproportionately effected by marijuana criminalization (I am looking at you Oakland and Newark!), so stay tuned for more on this… in the meantime, smoke it if you got it.