The wholesale legalization of the marijuana plant in America seems inevitable in the next few decades, and a new poll is proving Americans’ support for the sweeping change.
Currently in America there are a handful of states that allow for the unfettered use of marijuana, both for medicinal and recreational purposes, with Colorado leading the charge. More than two dozen other states have either decriminalized recreational use of the drug or legalized its medicinal use, putting us in a position in 2017 where more than half of the nation is pot-friendly in one regard or another.
Now, as more locales look into the idea, spurred on by Colorado’s immense tax revenue surplus after their legalization effort, poll after poll is being conducted so that our nation can better understand the phenomenon. One of the latest showings demonstrates a shocking new acceptance of the end of pot prohibition.
“The latest Harvard-Harris survey found that 49 percent of Americans polled believe marijuana should be legalized for both medical and personal use. Thirty-seven percent say it should be legalized solely for medicinal purposes, meaning that 86 percent of respondents support legalizing the plant in some form.
“Only 14 percent say marijuana should be illegal.
“The findings come as Attorney General Jeff Sessions is believed to be readying a crackdown on marijuana users. The Justice Department is expected to release a report soon that criminal justice reform advocates fear will link marijuana to violent crime and may recommend tougher sentences for growers, sellers and users.
“’Voters point to drugs as the major source of crime and support tough sentences for drug dealers but view marijuana in a wholly different light,’ Harvard-Harris co-director Mark Penn said. ‘Most think legalization of marijuana would probably be helpful in reducing crime and almost half support legalization.’
Sixty-nine percent said it would not bother them if marijuana were legalized in their state. Fifty-seven percent of respondents said legalizing marijuana would make society better. And 72 percent said that even if marijuana is illegal, those convicted of possessing small amounts should not serve time in jail.”
Furthermore, the widespread legalization of marijuana in America will assist in our nation’s battle against Mexican drug cartels and opioid overdoses.
America is in the midst of an opioid epidemic so profound that a state of emergency could soon be enacted to combat the issue…if the Big Pharmaceutical lobby doesn’t shut it down first. Americans are being systematically hooked on the dangerous painkillers by their doctors, who are receiving kickbacks from the gargantuan corporations within the pharmaceutical industry. When their prescriptions run out, Americans are dangerously turning to heroin, an opiate-based narcotic of similar chemical effect, to get their fix. Of course, this plays right into the palm of the Mexican drug cartels who are responsible for providing our nation with the illegal substance. Legal pot has been shown to greatly reduce opioid dependence rates in areas where it is allowed.
Furthermore, with less Americans hooked on opioids, Mexican cartels will take a massive hit to cash reserves, rendering the criminal organizations less effective.