A Gallup Poll released yesterday showed American support for the legalization of marijuana has risen to 50%. What might have caused this surge in support and made Americans take a second look at cannabis? Have Americans finally seen what a waste the War on Drugs is? Media coverage has become more common and less taboo enabling more people to become enlightened to the many benefits of cannabis as well as the corruption and lies surrounding it. There are 16 states that have set up some sort of medical marijuana program. More doctors and medical studies have emerged that support the medical benefits of cannabis. There is also anger in the nation at corruption and Big Pharma is one target.
We have seen several reports lately that have showed medical advancements and new knowledge of the powers of cannabis. We have seen them not only in expected media like High Times but also on news channels ranging from local to MSNBC. We have seen many reports of patients that cannabis has helped or cured them as well as scientists discovering why cannabis works.
16 states enacted some sort of medical marijuana program. California was the first to enact legislation and has run a medical marijuana program for 15 years. Colorado is one state that is allowing for-profit dispensaries to operate. Reports have shown how revenue from taxes and fees as well as the residual business that benefits are seen throughout the community. In a time when the economy is slow its hard to ignore the fact that cannabis is a booming industry. With more states challenging the federal government’s stand on cannabis we have this industry brought to the forefront.
Politics has affected this issue extensively. Many times politicians are focused on their career and not on the issues that need to be addressed. Instead they continue to follow the failed policies of the Drug War that has been failing for the last 70 plus years. The current Obama administration has promised one thing while doing a completely opposite action. Recently attacks from the federal government against California patients has become severe. With many more urgent issues that need to be addressed many Americans see this use of government spending wasteful.
People have seen the costs associated with processing criminals for small amounts of marijuana as well as the search for marijuana grows. In a time where everyone is scrutinizing government spending people have turned their attention to the money wasted on the War on Drugs. The recent attacks on medical marijuana dispensaries in California have put federal government spending in the spotlight.
Although Occupy Wall St is disorganized one thing you can glean from the people is the frustration over corruption. We have seen how Big Pharma has control over the industry. People want affordable, quality medicine, and with more information emerging on the health risks of prescription medications as well as the up rise in addiction rates more people are looking for a natural solution.
Some other points that might explain the increase in support is the spotlight that has been shown on NYC and the racially profiled marijuana arrests, that are prevalent not only in NYC but all over the country. In 2010 NYC spent $75 million arresting and jailing 50,000 people for possessing small amounts of marijuana. Most of them were in their late teens or early twenties and nearly 90% of them were of color. This is something that has caught the attention of the NAACP who has spoke out in support of legalization of marijuana.
With so many factors working for us there are just as many if not more working against the legalization for marijuana. There is legislation currently being processed HR 2306: The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2011 which you can request your representative to support. There is also a proposed ballot that has support of private citizens, celebrities, law enforcement and judges. Its called the Regulate Marijuana Like Wine Act of 2012. Now is our opportunity to change history and right a wrong. Reefer madness and all the ridiculous claims against cannabis have had their claim on Americans for far too long. Now is the time to take a second look at cannabis. Now is the time to act and help legalize a natural safe alternative!