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Majority wants to go green

Editorial cartoon by Jacob Bogdanoff

Editorial cartoon by Jacob Bogdanoff

Marijuana is legal in 18 states for medical use and most recently in 2012 it became legal for recreation in Washington and Colorado, and now it is time for it to become legal on all levels. For the first time ever, a clear majority of Americans support marijuana legalization. A recent Gallup poll revealed that 58 percent of Americans support marijuana legalization.

Support for marijuana legalization has been a teeter-totter of a ride. In 2010 support hit 44 percent and in 2011 the support hit 50 percent for the first time, but now that the majority is clear, let’s give the people what they want.

The only age group that did not have majority support for marijuana legalization are people who are 65 or older, but instead of waiting for them to die off, let’s show them that what they saw in “Reefer Madness” was completely fictitious and nothing scientific. In hopes that Colorado and Washington create a domino effect, the Safer Alternative for Enjoyable Recreation has been continuously informing voters about marijuana and helped legalize the plant in the two states where it is legal now.

“What we really did is we inspired a long discussion in Colorado over the last eight years about marijuana — and about the fact that it is safer than alcohol which is really an important point that a lot of Americans still don’t understand yet,” co-founder of SAFER Mason Tvert said on the HBO program “Real Time with Bill Maher.” “We looked at survey data, we see that almost a third of Americans think marijuana is more harmful than alcohol which is insane, obviously.”

On the SAFER website they advocate that alcohol is involved in more violent crimes than marijuana and that alcohol has more of a negative effect on a community than marijuana. The website also takes a close look at the health risks of alcohol and marijuana and says that alcohol takes more of a negative effect on one’s health than marijuana. Uruguay is in the process of becoming the first country in the world to establish rules for production, distribution and sale of marijuana for adults. Do they know something that we don’t? There is a reason why out of all the drugs that are peddled on the streets of America that marijuana is being the one pushed to be legalized, because there is nothing wrong with it.

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1 Response to " Majority wants to go green "

  1. MaryJane says:

    With the legalisation and reform of cannabis spreading across the world, many wonder exactly who it is that will be targeted by this flourishing industry. It may not be who most people would think.
    A well established argument in the repertoire of the old school prohibitionists is that cannabis poses a threat to the children. Legalisation, they argued, will get pre-teens hooked and lead to rampant childhood addiction. Well, nothing could be further from the truth: new research suggests that it is actually the older adults that are showing the most marked increase in heavy cannabis use.
    A demographical shift
    Recent research shows a large and quite sudden change in the demographical use of cannabis over the last year, shifting from 12-21 year olds, to the over 50’s. What’s more, over the last year, daily use of cannabis in Americans aged 18-21 has dropped from 26 percent to 21 percent, while use by those aged 22 and over rose from 63 percent to 72 percent. These are significant findings that show that the legalisation of cannabis doesn‘t increase youth use. (original article: http://www.zamnesia.com/blog-majority-of-us-cannabis-users-are-older-adults-n157)
    makes total sense. If you look at the Netherlands, where people have been able to legaly purchase pot, the general usage has been the lowest in Europe in the last 12 years.
    In the Netherlands about 5.5 percent of the population uses cannabis while in the UK 6.6 percent of the population smokes cannabis and in the USA this number is even higher with 14 percent of all Americans smoking cannabis.
    (More info on Stats Annex-consumption: http://www.unodc.org/documents/data-and-analysis/WDR2011/StatAnnex-consumption.pdf)

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