Its been a long time coming for cannabis in the united states and with so many states legalizing the negative stigma behind cannabis is lessening. More people are becoming open minded about marijuana and on the business side more people want in, including many state regulators. Last week Ganjaprenuer reported that “Two polls released, one from the Pew Research Center and one from Quinnipiac University both demonstrate new, record-breaking support for medical and adult-use cannabis reforms in the U.S.”.
Pew Research Center reported that 9 in 10 support legalizing cannabis for either medical or adult use. and Quinnipiac University reported that 7 in 10 Americans support federally legalizing adult-use cannabis. These numbers alone signify a change in a huge way. Polls have been distributed every year since 2012 and these numbers are the highest they have ever been.
2021 has already been a record breaking year, Pew Research Center said, “As more states continue to legalize marijuana, an overwhelming share of U.S. adults (91%) say either that marijuana should be legal for medical and recreational use (60%) or that it should be legal for medical use only” (31%). The structure of the new laws in states likes Virginia, New Jersey, and New York—to name a few—have put centerstage a recognition that the war on drugs was and is a racist institution that purposefully harmed communities of color for decades.
This wave of successful legalization efforts has demonstrated the effectiveness of pro-cannabis reformers to frame cannabis policy as a civil rights and racial justice issue. As 2021 continues to play out more states are in the works of legalizing and cannabis reform is being talked about, all the issues we face in the cannabis space are lessening and we are beginning to see the positive in marijuana. We still have a long road ahead but we are making progress.
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