According to statistics released from the General Social Survey, there has been a sustained surge in the public support for marijuana legalization. A survey conducted by the pollsters showed that a whopping 57% of Americans responded in favor of marijuana legalization in 2016, up from a 52% that had the same opinion in 2014. The question that is no doubt going through the minds of many is, ‘how could a substance that has for a long time been treated with contempt and skepticism be gaining popularity so quickly?’
Marijuana And Medicine
One reason why the substance was treated with so much contempt was due to the belief that its use was subjective. Many could not look beyond the fact that for anything to become dangerous, there has to be the elements of abuse and misuse.
However, experts in the medical field have conducted so many research studies that show the substance could actually be more beneficial than it is harmful, with the most recent researches pointing out it could be used to kill some cancerous cells. It is as a result of this that many began seeing the substance in a positive light, hence adding to its overall higher approval ratings. Here is more about medical marijuana and the conditions it can be used with.
Marijuana and Religion
As our societies advance, our religions become more inclusive and liberal. We are drifting away from the doctrines of judging other people [especially the moral deviants] and inching closer to the doctrines that preach inclusiveness.
Because of this open-door policy, some faiths and denominations such as the Roman Catholic have gone ahead and added their voice to the possibility of legalizing marijuana. This has, undoubtedly, contributed to so many people now supporting the use of the substance.
Marijuana and Politics
In the early 2000s, just about 29% of Democrats and 26% of Republicans voiced their support for marijuana. However, things have since changed as in 2016, the support had reached over 60 for Democrats and the Independents and over 40% for Republicans.
Whether there were serious lobbying to have the substance legalized and its use regulated within legislative frameworks or this was another sheer campaign strategy, what is true is that it bore fruit as more people began warming up to the idea of having it legalized.
One thing that we cannot shut our eyes to is the fact that the drug still commands a higher support among members of the younger generations.
This could not necessarily be a good indication of progress in the fight for abuse of the substance. We still need to ensure its use is governed by clear legal frameworks so we can totally overcome the problem of abuse and dependency.