American support for legalizing marijuana reaches new highs — Har!

❝ A new Gallup poll released Wednesday shows 60 percent of American adults now say that marijuana should be legal, the highest level of support in nearly a half-century of polling on the question…The Gallup poll tracks closely with numbers from the Pew Research Center released last week showing 57 percent support for legalization…

❝ …Support for legalization has soared in the past decade among nearly every demographic group. Close to 80 percent of 18-to-34 year olds now favor legal weed, up from 44 percent in 2003 and 2005. Gallup finds that Americans age 55 and older are now the only age group with less than majority support for legalization.

❝ Support for legalization has more than doubled among Republicans in the past decade, to 42 percent today. With 70 percent support, independents are the political group most likely to favor legalization, just edging out Democrats at 67 percent.

❝ This fall, five states will decide whether to join Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska and DC in legalizing marijuana for personal use…The outcome of the November measures could have a transformative effect on the marijuana policy conversation going forward: “The percentage of Americans living in states where pot use is legal could rise from the current 5 percent to as much as 25 percent if all of these ballot measures pass.”

…The real prize for legalization proponents is California: “If recreational marijuana use becomes legal in California this year, many other states will likely follow, because the ‘Golden State’ often sets political trends for the rest of the U.S.”

The latest polling out of California suggest that the legalization measure is leading by a two-to-one margin.

Who wants to be the last state to board the train to the 21st Century?

10 thoughts on “American support for legalizing marijuana reaches new highs — Har!

  1. 4:20 Louis says:

    “New data presented at this year’s International Early Psychosis Association (IEPA) meeting in Milan, Italy (20-22 October) adds to accumulating evidence that high-potency cannabis in associated with an increased risk of users becoming dependent on cannabis. The analysis is by Dr Tom Freeman at University College London, UK.
    Estimates suggest around 182 million people worldwide use cannabis each year, a number that could rise as legalization of recreational use and/or medical use increases. Roughly 9% of people who try cannabis will become dependent on it at some point in their lifetime. People who are dependent on cannabis are often unable to cut down or quit, despite experiencing persistent negative effects from the drug.” https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-10/iepa-sat102016.php “The cannabis plant produces over 100 unique chemicals, and the two most abundant of these (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol or ‘THC’, and cannabidiol or ‘CBD’) can cause opposite effects on the brain and behaviour. In the last decade, the illicit cannabis market has become dominated by high-potency cannabis, which contains high THC and no CBD. This may explain why the number of people receiving professional treatment for cannabis problems has continued to rise.”

  2. Doc says:

    New research is providing a more detailed view into the structure of the human cannabinoid (CB1) receptor. These findings provide key insights into how natural and synthetic cannabinoids including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)–a primary chemical in marijuana–bind at the CB1 receptor to produce their effects. The research was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health.
    There is considerable interest in the possible therapeutic uses of marijuana and its constituent cannabinoid compounds. Molecules that target CB1 receptors may have promise in treating a variety of conditions such as pain, inflammation, obesity, nerve cell diseases, and substance use disorders. https://www.drugabuse.gov/news-events/news-releases/2016/10/structure-primary-cannabinoid-receptor-revealed

  3. Whiley says:

    “A little-known, painful reaction to heavy use of potent marijuana, called cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, is popping up in emergency departments, hospitals and clinics throughout the country. and often receiving unneeded diagnostic testing and sometimes surgery exceeding $100,000. The malady is called cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome and presents endless cycles of violent vomiting and gut-wrenching abdominal pain.
    Although the syndrome was first reported in medical journals in 2004, many physicians, pot sellers and users still don’t know about it. “You can think of it as a new or emerging disease,” said Dr. Eric Lavona, chief of emergency medicine at Denver Health Medical Center. Lavona, who is an expert spokesman for the American College of Emergency Physicians, cautions his colleagues to “be careful not to trivialize it.” http://missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/wrong-diagnosis-of-emerging-pot-disease-can-leave-patients-sick/article_aede7212-9ccf-5c2e-8a6e-44555010f073.html

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