Changing Marijuana Laws and Attitudes
Marijuana, also known as cannabis, grass, pot, Mary Jane, weed, or any of its dozen other names, is making headlines these days for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that its consumption by our children is said to be outpacing their use of alcohol.
Oregon was the first state to decriminalise drug use in 1973, but California was not until 1996 that it became the first state in the country to legalise doctor-recommended medical marijuana use. Now fast forward to 2012, when Washington became the first state to legalise marijuana for recreational use on December 6th. Colorado residents voted in favour of Amendment 64, which Governor John Hickenlooper signed into law on December 10th. I strongly suggest you to visit The Dispensary NV Recreational Marijuana Las Vegas – Decatur – dispensary nearby to learn more about this.
As a result, adults 21 and older in those states are permitted to possess an ounce of marijuana, which is only sold in state-licensed stores. Coloradans, on the other hand, will be able to grow up to six seeds. However, public use is also prohibited.
Meanwhile, Rhode Island and Maine seem to be on the verge of following suit, with thirteen states now allowing controlled medical marijuana use. In addition, 17 states and the District of Columbia now recognise its medicinal value, but they do not have any immunity from federal prosecution. Since marijuana remains illegal under federal law—at least for the time being—Governor Hickenlooper warned, “Don’t break out the Cheetos or gold fish too fast.”
In terms of the government, a new Gallop Poll showed that 64% of those polled oppose the federal government enforcing anti-marijuana laws in states where recreational use is legal—currently only Washington and Colorado. In 2005, about 33% supported legalisation, compared to just 12% in 1969.
Meanwhile, 60 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds support legalisation, as do 48 percent of those 30 to 64 and 36 percent of those 65 and older, according to the same poll.
The political landscape is also noteworthy, with just 33% of Republicans, 50% of Independents, and 61% of Democrats favouring legalisation.
Is this development, or have we opened a Pandora’s Box that will further complicate the work of parents, teachers, employers, and law enforcement, putting public safety at risk? You make your decision based on the facts.
To begin with, the National Institute on Drug Abuse discovered that 7.2 percent of 8th graders, 17.6 percent of 10th graders, and 22.6 percent of 12th graders had used marijuana in the previous month, with 6.6 percent of 12th graders doing it every day.
Although marijuana isn’t actually a “gateway drug” to harder drugs, researchers have discovered that the sooner you start smoking it, the more likely you are to become addicted to it and/or other drugs later on.