Marijuana acceptance reaches critical mass as 64% of Americans believe it should be legal
Marijuana acceptance reaches critical mass as 64% of Americans believe it should be legal by Ken Schortgen – The Daily Economist
During the height of the drug revolution of the 1960’s, only 12% of Americans at that time believed that marijuana should be available as a legal drug. But 50 years later, that number has soared to nearly two-thirds of the population as pot acceptance has now reached a critical mass in the United States.
Nearly two-thirds of Americans now favor the legalization of marijuana, the highest percentage yet.
According to a poll by Gallup, 64 percent of Americans favor legalizing the plant. When Gallup starting asking Americans the question in 1969, only 12 percent of Americans were for legalizing marijuana.
“The trajectory of Americans’ views on marijuana is similar to that of their views on same-sex marriage over the past couple of decades,” Gallup said in an online post.
“On both issues, about a quarter supported legalization in the late 1990s, and today 64 percent favor each. Over the past several years, Gallup has found that Americans have become more liberal on a variety of social issues.”
While marijuana is still illegal under federal law, eight states — Maine, Massachusetts, Colorado, Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska — and the District of Columbia have made marijuana legal, even for recreational use. Many other states have legalized medical use of marijuana. According to Gallup, one in five Americans lives in a state with legal marijuana. – Voa News
The Fed’s nearly century long stance against Marijuana has been primarily political versus medical as the AMA lobbied both in the 1930’s, as well as in the 1970’s against severely taxing and later restricting pot through the government’s Drug Schedule mechanism. And yet this same government would later go on to help create the current opiod crisis by facilitating the use of hard core narcotics in the treatment of chronic pain.
A combination of the need for more tax revenue by state and local governments coupled with the growing mass of individuals who have become educated with the truth about pot is leading to a revolution that Washington can no longer oppose with any real fervor. And what this means in the long run is that the government has a choice in either picking another unwinnable battle in the failed war on drugs, or look towards the science and realize that everyone can benefit from legalizing a substance that had been used by hundreds of cultures for thousands of years.