Legal Pot Usage Growing
Twenty nine state (29) now permit the legal medicinal use of pot. Pot Usage is growing nationally.
Voters in California, Massachusetts, Nevada and Maine all approved recreational use of marijuana on election day. Voters in Florida, Arkansas, North Dakota and Montana gave the thumbs up for the medicinal use of pot, singling a real change in the countries views on the use of pot. Voters in Arizona rejected the expanded use of pot for recreational purposes.
Even though marijuana is still considered an illegal drug by the federal authorities. Pot is now legal for recreational use in eight (8) states plus the District of Columbia, and for medicinal use in twenty nine (29) states plus D.C.
There seems to be a rapidly changing view in this country regarding the legal use of marijuana. The past eight (8) years the federal government ignored the laws on the books regarding the recreational use of the drug, and this has certainly supported this more open view being expressed nationally. Nationwide eighty nine percent (89%) of the population believe that marijuana should be available for medical use according to a 2016 Gallup poll. The rationale for this change in attitude comes from major research institutions saying that pot has possible medicinal benefits for patients with chronic pain, epilepsy and seizures, glaucoma, Crohn’s disease, nausea related cancer treatments as well as several other maladies.
The change in attitude is across all age groups. In people born between 1951 and 1965, support has risen from thirty five percent (35%) to fifty eight percent (58%) since 2001. in the age group born between 1936 and 1950, it has increased from twenty nine percent (29%) to forty percent (40%).
It is likely that this trend will continue in 2018. States like Vermont, Rhode Island, Michigan, Delaware and Connecticut are all expected to put the use of medical marijuana on the ballot. It has been reported in a National Survey of Drug use that nearly half of Americans age 50 to 64 have smoked pot at some point in their life. Those in the sixty five (65) and over age category report that twenty two percent (22%) have used the drug in their lifetime.