Tag: marijuana legalization

Gallup Poll: Majority Of American’s Support Legalizing Marijuana

As both Canada and Mexico are beginning to take a serious look at the ethical and fiscal ramifications of legalizing recreational cannabis consumption, a new Gallup poll released on Wednesday shows that support for legalizing marijuana in the US is at an all-time high – and will likely keep growing.

According to the new data released on Wednesday, 40 percent of those 65 and over now support the idea of legalized marijuana in the United States. That’s an amazing number considering that demographics historic ideology. The October Gallup poll also shows 58 percent of America’s baby boomers support legalization; meanwhile young adults – those born between 1981 and 1997 – show the strongest support for marijuana reform at 71 percent.

Cultivating support:

While the acceptance and backing of legal weed in the United States has fluctuated since 2010, when it averaged approximately 48 percent, support for the peaceful plants legalization has grown significantly since 2013. Hitting its all-time high approval rate of 58 percent in Gallup’s October poll.

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As voters most fearful of marijuana legalization (read: dogmatic Republicans and those over 65) are currently being replaced by a new generation of Millennial constituents – who understand the benign nature of the mildly psychoactive high – support for legalization in the US will, no doubt, continue to soar.

Canada or Mexico; who will be first?

Further demonstrating the slow demise of prohibition, marijuana.com reported on Tuesday that Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party in Canada won their national election by an impressive margin. One of the primary drivers of this historic victory was Trudeau’s promise to “legalize” marijuana in Canada. And while that was no doubt great news for many Canucks, it seems to have sparked an inadvertent race with Mexico; whose Supreme Court will be hearing arguments on October 28 to determine if Mexico’s current marijuana policies are unconstitutional.

As the Darwinian process of evolution ages out the old political dogma, a sweet new competition has ignited to the north and south of the United States. Racing to the finish line of common sense; Canada and Mexico are now scrambling to be the first country in North America to dump marijuana prohibition on the trash heap of failed policies.

 

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Cannabist Show special: Favorite interviews and weed stories

Here at Cannabist HQ, we’re taking a look back at the provocative interviews from our 30-plus talk show episodes and unforgettable stories covered on the site since things cranked up in late December 2013.

It’s been a fascinating journey to follow since Colorado kicked off the world’s first recreational marijuana sales Jan. 1, 2014. Denver Post marijuana editor Ricardo Baca, who oversees The Cannabist and hosts the show, asked his cannabis colleagues Aleta Labak (digital producer for the site) and video producers Vince Chandler and Dane Madrid to take a turn on the couch and share their top picks:

A man attending the High Times Cannabis Cup sports a marijuana leaf hat at the Denver Mart on April 20, 2014. (Seth McConnell, Denver Post file)A man attending the High Times Cannabis Cup sports a marijuana leaf hat at the Denver Mart on April 20, 2014. (Seth McConnell, Denver Post file)

Intriguing interviews

How are we dealing with the perceptions that “everybody gets high” in Colorado these days?

The joke has gotten old, and the stand-up comedy scene in particular is having some issues, as Denver Post entertainment writer John Wenzel attests. And former Denver Post music editor Matt Miller would prefer if the “cliché stoner acts” could take a break from our state around 4/20.

Speaking of stoners, it’s a rather loaded term. Is it derogatory or a point of pride? Blank Space Media’s Zac Cohen and Cannabist contributor Josiah Hesse share their mixed feelings, along with the “just call it cannabis” movement. Meanwhile, High Times editor-in-chief Dan Skye argues that Colorado marijuana legalization is helping to break the stereotypes that “people who smoke marijuana are unmotivated and they’re not fit.”

Wheat Ridge OKs manufacturing of MIPs, but with many caveatsEggs are added into a mixer with cannabutter at a marijuana edibles bakery in Denver. (Brennan Linsley, Associated Press file)

Memorable stories (just a few)

Investigating edibles: Since the start of legal sales, wildly popular marijuana-infused foods have been a hot-button issue — particularly their potency — and one we’ve followed with interest. A Denver Post study of several edibles in March 2014 showed THC levels are never exactly what the package reads, but some varied extremely. One milk chocolate bar labeled for 100 milligrams of THC had 0.37 milligrams, according to a state-licensed marijuana testing facility. The Denver Post did another round of tests in 2015 to take stock of regulatory changes and check product potency.

Normalization: What’s the new weed etiquette for parties and other social gatherings? Is a small jar of cannabis a proper hostess gift? We talk marijuana manners with The Emily Post Institute’s Lizzie Post and others as home entertaining evolves in legalized states.

The strange: A medium-security prison turned into a marijuana grow facility and pot shop? That was the plan in a small Colorado town. But the idea wasn’t exactly embraced by local residents.

And who could forget the wacky police chase on an Arizona highway where hundreds of pounds of pot got tossed out the window of an SUV, and it’s all caught on tape.

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Democratic debate: Here’s what Clinton, Sanders said about marijuana

The first Democratic debate for the 2016 presidential election happened Tuesday in Las Vegas, and while the subject of marijuana legalization wasn’t discussed by all five candidates, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders made statements, with Sanders taking a bolder edge.

In this transcript provided by debate host CNN, here’s what Clinton and Sanders had to say about marijuana, with CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Juan Carlos Lopez making the queries:

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COOPER: The issue now, particularly in this state, is recreational marijuana. I want to go to Juan Carlos Lopez.

LOPEZ: Thank you, Anderson.

Senator Sanders, right here in Nevada, there will be a measure to legalize recreational marijuana on the 2016 ballot. You’ve said you smoked marijuana twice; it didn’t quite work for you. If you were a Nevada resident, how would you vote?

SANDERS: I suspect I would vote yes.

(APPLAUSE)

And I would vote yes because I am seeing in this country too many lives being destroyed for non-violent offenses. We have a criminal justice system that lets CEOs on Wall Street walk away, and yet we are imprisoning or giving jail sentences to young people who are smoking marijuana. I think we have to think through this war on drugs…

(APPLAUSE)

SANDERS: …which has done an enormous amount of damage. We need to rethink our criminal justice system, we we’ve got a lot of work to do in that area.

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LOPEZ: Secretary Clinton, you told Christiane Amanpour you didn’t smoke pot when you were young, and you’re not going to start now.

(LAUGHTER)

LOPEZ: When asked about legalizing recreational marijuana, you told her let’s wait and see how it plays out in Colorado and Washington. It’s been more than a year since you’ve said that. Are you ready to take a position tonight?

CLINTON: No. I think that we have the opportunity through the states that are pursuing recreational marijuana to find out a lot more than we know today. I do support the use of medical marijuana, and I think even there we need to do a lot more research so that we know exactly how we’re going to help people for whom medical marijuana provides relief.

So, I think we’re just at the beginning, but I agree completely with the idea that we have got to stop imprisoning people who use marijuana. Therefore, we need more states, cities, and the federal government to begin to address this so that we don’t have this terrible result that Senator Sanders was talking about where we have a huge population in our prisons for nonviolent, low-level offenses that are primarily due to marijuana.

Upcoming debates

CNBC Republican debate: Wednesday, Oct. 28, at the University of Colorado in Boulder
CBS News Democratic debate: Saturday, Nov. 14, at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa

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