Ending Prohibition When Only 13% of Adults Are Smoking?

C1_8734_r_xThe latest Gallup Poll, based on polling conducted from July 13-17, 2016, reports that 13% of adults in the US are current marijuana smokers, and 43% have smoked marijuana at some point in their lives. According to Gallup, the numbers of adults acknowledging their personal use of marijuana has risen from 7% in 2013 to 11% in 2015; and to 13% in 2016.

This may surprise some marijuana smokers, who tend to choose their friends (at least partially) based on their mutual enjoyment of marijuana, and to whom it may seem as if a majority of Americans are current smokers, but the great majority of Americans are not current marijuana users.

The results show that age and religiosity are key determinants of marijuana use. Almost one in five adults (19%) under the age of 30 report currently using it — at least double the rate seen among each older age group.

In addition, religiosity appears to be a key determinant for current marijuana usage, with only 2% of those who report regular church attendance and 7% of those who report frequent church attendance acknowledging current marijuana usage. Apparently marijuana smoking is still considered bad behavior, or “sinful,” among some religious communities.

 How Are We Winning Politically?

Which raises the obvious question: how is the legalization of marijuana continuing to move forward politically in more and more states if only one out of 8 Americans are current users? The answer: you don’t have to be a marijuana smoker to oppose prohibition.

Most of us support gay rights, although most of us are not gay or lesbian; and most of us support equality for all minorities, while by definition most of us are not minorities. Most Americans seek to treat others in a fair manner, despite our gender or racial differences, or our sexual preferences. And the same is true about marijuana smokers.

A majority of the non-smokers have concluded that marijuana prohibition is a failed public policy that causes more harm to society than the use of marijuana itself. They favor an end to marijuana prohibition, although they are not “pro-pot.” In fact, a recent poll by The Third Way discovered that nearly two-thirds (64%) of the non-smokers who favor legalization continue to hold an unfavorable impression of recreational marijuana smokers. They do not believe we should be treated like criminals, but neither do they approve of our marijuana usage.

Current Support Levels

 From a low of only 12% public support for legalization when NORML was founded in 1970, we have seen those support levels build gradually over four decades, as Americans became more familiar with marijuana and less fearful of the possible harm from responsible marijuana smoking. Gallup first found a majority of Americans supporting full legalization in 2013, and their most recent data (released in October, 2015) finds the current support level at 58%. Several other national polls find similar support levels, with one 2016 Associated Press poll finding support at 61%.

All of which suggests that we have largely won the hearts and minds of most adult Americans, including a majority of those who do not smoke. And that is really all we need to continue forward politically. We don’t need to “turn-on” more Americans. Rather we need to continue to demonstrate that responsible marijuana smokers present no threat to non-smokers, or to society as a whole.

So long as we do that, a clear majority of Americans are willing to respect our right to smoke marijuana, just as tens of millions of Americans enjoy a beer or a glass of wine when they relax at the end of the day. Thankfully a majority of Americans understand and support the concept of personal privacy.

 

51 thoughts

  1. High!
    ? is, how many will start usin’ once it IS legal? The “responsible” users, like myself, using for pain relief, because nothing else works, fortunately, won’t be affected one way or the other. But, the child, the grandfather, & anyone else “forced” to take FDA approved drugs for pain relief, that do not help, are the ones that will truly suffer. From adverse side affects. Research how many people the FDA has killed with FDA approved, man made, synthetic, life threatening, drugs? You will be surprised!

    1. If you go by the three states that have both medical and legal. Not much has changed(cept may be more jail space and less kids using pot). The only thing is the numbers are higher is because the removal of a stigma and folks can now speak free of from any ill effects of the law. At least the local and state, federal has its collective head up its collective butt for the last 120 years.

  2. I believe these cannabis consumption figures are still unrealistically low. I’m a member of NORML, but not certain how I would respond to a telephone poll asking me to incriminate myself….I’m old enough to have a paid-off home, vehicles, and a pension that could potentially be in jeopardy.

    1. Catherine is exactly right about self-reporting illegal drug use. Pot use is typically under-reported. Duh. Just compare self reported pot use rates in, say, Colorado with rates in Kansas. Polls will always show far more pot users in Colo. But 13-15% is probably pretty close to a mean average across the two states and many regions. Peeps in illegal states just lie more often when asked about their pot smoking.

      1. Moreover, Americans’ self admissions are the biggest hammer that our opponents hit us with. We should be more stridently criticizing our letting anonymous school children set our world drug policies, with these. Have you ever been to Amstelkring, where a whole Catholic church was hidden in a house attic, with the priest skeeping behind a false wall? Don’t dismiss churchgoers who aren’t foolhearty enuf to play this bad game. I’ve been practicing Catholic all my life, supporting parish member, and I hope that more people realize the folly of admitting to use in these surveys. Keith, if Colorado’s youth didn’t report a decline in use, we’d be a million times worse off, at this critical time right now. Think about the real way to digest these matters!!

    2. I responded the day this article came out and likened asking someone if they smoked to asking someone if they are a pedophile. Who would answer affirmatively for either of those questions. I’ve been a patient for 18 months but been a fan since I was a teenager in high school. I had a LOT of formal education and did very well in school even though I was a “stoner”.

  3. I suspect there are far more marijuana users than that percentage indicates.

    I know very few people my age, and I’m 61 y.o., who don’t use MJ regularly or semi-regularly. And nearly every younger person I know, ages 25-35, smokes.

    As Catherine above says, it always feels risky admitting it publicly. I’ve revealed it on these boards, and to my doctor, but otherwise keep it to myself.

  4. The other 87% don’t realize that they are also prevented from non-smoked cannabis consumption.

    99% * 0.3% * 710 => 420

  5. As a cannabis campaigner, I interact with a cross-section of the populace. My impression is that the % of adult users is about 1 in 10 or 12. It’s probably more on the coasts than in the Midwest. If it weren’t for employment drug testing, it would be double this–although still less than the % of alcohol users. Too bad for cannabis reform that those religious weed-averse folks tend to vote as faithfully as they go to church, whereas the cannabis consumers are one of the least-likely-to-vote demographic categories. Cannabis reform ballot measures have ALWAYS depended on non-user votes in order to win, a fact which should encourage us to re-double our efforts this year.

    1. Don’t make me into a “spokesman for all Catholics” like Bill Maher did to Jim Gaffigan, but I regularly attend church and regularly smoke marijuana.
      I know many people at church that also smoke marijuana either because they played football with my little brothers, or they were at one of our family parties, or if they’re older, one of my nephews caught them smoking while setting pins at the old bowling alley. Ive long heard the local police can be found gambling there in our small town, amidst the beer and the “smoke.” If you polled any one of these people at church they would probably say no, they don’t partake. If you asked them at the party theyd say “puff puff pass” or “pass it dont harrass it.” Just as many Americans become “cafeteria Catholics” there are millions of “cafeteria marijuana consumers,” or “casual smokers” as it were, who either due to small children at home, school on a pell grant or as you mention, working for the piss vampires, we are not at liberty to consume every time we desire. Which is fairly normal, but the question is then under what circumstances will we all be honest at the polls? When we don’t have to worry about asset forfeiture? We can get a federal investigation into our accounts and families just from transfering +$10,000 sooner than smoking in public view. Let’s be honest, we live in a communist police state disguised within an Oligarchy of beurocracy and private business built on profit from prohibition and were polling the victims of an active drug war about their marijuana consumption? Oh yeah, but were not Brazil or the Philippines so we should be thankful and honest.

      So we learn to bend the bad rules to get by. Now its time to engage our Congressional candidates and make new good rules. Even if that means living in this pivitol time in our history, exposed to our better, norml nature with so much to lose and yet so much to win.

  6. I moved to Portland last November and I would say it is a majority of adults I meet here utilize cannabis for either adult use or treatment. It is still federally illegal so I would still say people are somewhat paranoid to broadcast their affinity for the plant. With the possibility of Trump being elected and him appointing Christie as AG it is probably not wise to reveal the info.

  7. I would imagine if the legal status changed that percentage would increase 5 fold. The fact that it is illegal may behaving an effect on the honesty of their answer.

  8. From a social perspective, The difference between the two views a) “Most Americans seek to treat others in a fair manner,” and b) “marijuana smoking is still considered bad behavior,” is still a wide, wide chasm.

    You and I may feel that the only “fair” thing to do regarding cannabis is to legalize it.

    But it’s been my experience, consistant with the statistics above, that many people, both religious and secular, subscribe to both views: they consider themselves to be fair-minded, but they wouldn’t want to promote or facilitate what they consider to be a “bad” thing (marijuana.)

    The problems come along once one has accepted the false proposition that marijuana use is “bad”. It is a proposition that is unsubstantiated by any valid moral measure.

    It’s a problem because most fair-minded people will also believe in the idea of Justice, and won’t want to see unchecked criminal behaviour running rampant in our society. Therefore, they are going to believe that we must deserve some kind of punishment — provided, of course, that the punishment fits the crime. But they certainly wouldn’t want to do anything to promote the behaviour any way.

    But the real question is “Why should cannabis use be a crime in the first place? Why shouldn’t cannabis be considered ‘good’ rather than ‘bad?'” And I have found that getting people to consider this more fundamental question is extremely difficult.

    1. Yes Mark, I believe it’s that simple also.
      A few days ago, my 40 year-old son-in-law and I engaged in a family discussion in front of a large gathering of friends and family. He’s a flaming prohibitionist and I’m a cannabis advocate.
      The topic eventually boiled down to “good vs bad”. While I come from decades of experience, he increases his hate based on feelings. His friends don’t love mine. My friends fear his increasing hatred.
      The next day, in private I asked my daughter, his wife, is there something new going on. “No, he has peer pressure which is changing him,” she replied. Alcohol is good in his circle and is seen as bad in my circle.
      I’ve known this young man 22 years, I’ve always enjoyed my cannabis in his presence.
      It’s sad watching hatred grow and expand.

    2. Mark Mitcham hits on the complexity of the situation very well. Thanks Keith for raising this conversation to begin with, it’s a fundamental one that leads to public contradictions like we see in Washington. Legalization doesn’t clear up the complexity, but changes the possible openings for cultivating a post-prohibition culture (in which cannabis use isn’t viewed as an exceptional social threat requiring evidence-free forms of control and punishment).

  9. The question is oddly limited to smoking. Many users don’t smoke their cannabis, so use rates are higher than this poll found.

    1. “Democracy” in action: in 2011 a narrow posse of editors voted 4-0 to ban my username from editing cannabis-related articles on Wikipedia. I was charged with “original research” and “single-interest editor” for promoting single-toke utensils.
      .
      The leader of the blacklisters claimed to be a medical marijuana user in California, and one of his achievements was to post on the “Joint” article a picture of a commercial “joint” along with a cone-shaped container with a band name and “One Full Gram Inside” inscribed on the outside. This clearly fits the WP definition of Spam and should be deleted. That editor was probably in cahoots with the San Francisco company which promoted the hot burning overdose monoxide “smoking” product.
      .
      The same editor also removed references to 25-mg single toke (“prescriptive”), and dismantled the “One-hitter (smoking)” article which contained pictures of a Calumet, Kiseru, Midwakh and Sebsi.
      .
      Fortunately a different editor has restored the One-hitter article as of December 2015 and it is still there today! (Whew.) Title should be changed from “One-hitter (smoking)” to “One-hitter (vaporizing)” but I can’t do that unless I adopt a new username and risk being accused of Sockpuppetry. Hopefully some reader here will risk being accused of Meatpuppetry and get that job done.

      1. Erratum, “band name” in second paragraph above should read “brand name”. Actually I wouldn’t mind if they band $moking altogether, there’s no excuse for anyone not knowing how to VAPE with a flexdrawtube oneheater.

    2. I noticed that too, Don. Consumption does not equal smoking. Even folks who vape may say “no” and anyone using edibles, salves or extracts.

    3. You got that right! Personally I really dislike smoking. I use an herbalizer vaporizer and love it! Not only is it easier on the lungs, it is a more efficient way of utilizing your precious herb; meaning it takes less to get the same level of buzz. If that isn’t enough I find the quality of the buzz is superior since the chemicals haven’t been burned and possibly altered into new compounds because of the combustion that occurs with smoking.

      One more thing about vaporizing is that it doesn’t bother my housemates since the smell is very minimal; if they notice it at all. You sure can’t say that about smoking@

  10. I second Catherine’s statement; and I have citizen lobbied my own state representatives in person, suit and tie, giving them my address and phone number (but not my license plate number; in fact nobody fills that out in the registration book at the check-in box of any legislator’s office Ive been in… Its like You tube asking us if we want to “skip this ad” … Why? Why ask?)
    Fact is as a NORML member or citizen lobbyist we aren’t in any real threat to answer a marijuana poll honestly. Even the one about growing at your home; If youre not growing that is 😉
    However that fear of answering even an anonymous poll correctly is more influencing than we may give credit. Instinctively we know more than %50 of Americans have consumed marijuana because weve seen it! Our second hand smoke at various venues gave everyone around us a contact high and if anything people moved closer to the smoke! Cant say that about tobacco cigarettes!
    And yet there’s that pervasive fear… Or sometimes character embellishment; its like all the white people on scholarship applications checking “native american”; sometimes people give answers theyre not sure of because they think theyll be rewarded one way or the other.
    And ultimately, as Keith points out, thats one place we can all agree on about legalization; Americans want a fair, participatory rewards system, where our government functions in the same balance our endocannabinoid rewards-system functions when it is properly nourished and balanced within our own bodies.

  11. We don’t have to consume marijuana to understand that we scapegoated our socioeconomic inequality on the most effective, safest most affordable herb on the planet. Ask a four year old with epilepsy. Ask a veteran who kicked an opiate-train to suicide by consuming marijuana. And if we don’t have nurse practitioners providing to elderly with alzheimer’s or vets with PTS, no poll or treatment may ever reach them.
    Even black members of Congress and the Nixon administration declared a healing plant “Public enemy #1” and for 46 years minorities have been disproportionately incarcerated by predatory beurocracies, vulture pharmaceuticals and a private for profit prison system. At least here, whether we’re white or black, stigmatized or self-identified, indigenous or immigrant, young or old, Republican or Democrat… Or whether we inhaled deeply when we saw that smoke comin our way… We can all agree that marijuana prohibition has been a terrible failure, and what Colorado has going is a model, balanced system for America and the whole world to emulate.

  12. I don’t use pot regularly although I “sneak a toke” a couple of times a year. I live in a state that has no medical or recreational pot provisions. If anyone asks me if I use pot, I absolutely lie. The risks of telling the truth (job, seizure of property, effect on family and kids, and opinions of my neighbors) are simply not worth it.

    I don’t have pain or any other condition that would qualify me for medical pot use, but pot has always been my drug of choice. If I buy a 12 pack of beer, it may last me two months, a bottle of liquor could last a year, and I throw away more wine than I drink.

    I simply don’t care for the buzz of alcohol (or tobacco for that matter), but I like to get high! Bottom line Brothers and Sisters, keep up the fight for those oppressed souls that are would-be users! I assure you that we are legion. I feel that our time is coming. I’d LOVE to be able to sit on my back deck, catch a buzz, and simply enjoy the evening.

  13. It is clear that most people no longer favor prohibition as it does not work. And there’s an attitude which needs to change. I’ve offered a person a toke, and they acted like I was pushing it. I was no more trying to push it, as someone offering a beer. I just feel that it is courteous in a way, to offer if you have enough to share. Just like saying, “You want a beer?” “How would you like to toke with me?” I feel that it is pretty much the same thing. And a simple “NO.” will suffice not a story about how I am pushing it, just cause it is an illegal drug.

    I hope it won’t be long for PA (Pennsylvania.) as I always have to worry when acquiring it. It would be nice to walk into a respectful shop, who pay taxes, and buy legally.

    DEA still getting it wrong.
    http://blog.norml.org/2016/08/10/dea-reaffirms-flat-earth-position-with-regard-to-marijuana-scheduling/

    They’ll be a day when they finally give up.
    Until then, I’ll continue to use it illegally as I have no other choice. Of course I could leave everyone I know and love behind and then move to Colorado or another state which has legalized. There’s many people who have already done that, as they are tired of these laws. Prohibition on marijuana (cannabis) has failed, and it is time for them to recognize this.

    Stay Blazed Everyone. 😀

  14. Here’s an interesting reaction perspective from Tony over st CBS news in NY;

    http://youtu.be/1uQDuslEhzU

    And then there are those in the mmj relieved the whole scheme wasnt handed over to Big Pharma:

    http://youtu.be/V-zKYMn-wfA

    Americans are rapidly catching up to speed to the core of the marijuana tragedy, getting educated as to the way the FDA only approves compounds and ignores the less profitable medicinal quality of growing the entire herb for one’s own self medication. Clearly the regulate marijuana like alcohol campaign has been effective, but the DEA’s recent decision exposes the triad of beurocracy that Congress has left us. The most fascinating effect on our society as a result of increased marijuana consumption is how we are finally learning the civics of modern marijuana beurocracy at the same time the DEA, FDA and HHS reveal their deep ties to biopharmaceuticals at the expense of American health and security. Would we ever be this interested or participate in our government without kicking back, lighting up or vaporizing our favorite strain and watch as the climax of our American Marijuana Tragedy unfold until we get out and vote in November? Prohibition relies on our ignorance. Marijuana creates neurogenesis. Theres something growing in the heart of our nation’s conscience and we are making a choice to nourish ourselves with a safe and effective plant. America, we must not underestimate the power we have over our Congress by simply voting and choosing what we consume and from whom and where we consume it.

  15. Hell yeah! Petitions are in for Denver pot clubs!

    https://www.google.com/amp/www.9news.com/amp/news/local/denver-social-pot-use-petition-submitted/296321107?client=safari

    Gotta watch out for SmartColorado trying to spread propaganda about driving safety “after hours,” by mixing the old alcohol-or-thc-in-the-driver debate (Clearly this lady doesnt think we remember the AAA and NHSA reports that determine THC is neither dangerous nor capable of being identified for when it is metabolized). You want dangerous “after hours?” Come to Austin, the live music and alcohol consumption capitol of the world and watch someone get shot or people get plowed into by a drunk driver on 6th street at 2am. Ya’ll go ahead and mill about the drunk bullets as the bars close; Ill be smoking trainwreck on the rooftop of the Cantina if I even go to 6th st anymore.

    1. Denver is a party town; it’s just one of the many things I like about living here. But the problems which you describe about Austin are also problems in Denver, very similar issues.

      I can’t prove it, but I believe the Denver cannabis clubs may very well SAVE LIVES by expanding the legal options available for the average Denver citizen who wishes to socialize — a night on the town.

      Drinkers will drink — trust me! Until they decide not to. But there are so many people out there who might prefer the alternative venue, and consequently won’t be putting themselves in a social situation where the drinks just flow… then the impairment is inevitable, and then the fights, the accidents, the car crashes, the bullets, the dead and injured…

      …or, just hit the cannabis club and chill to some psybient DJ mixes, or maybe some Bob Marley! (What’s that? Johnny Cash?! Okay, suit yourself, but you get the idea!)

      1. After the Democratic state convention in San Antonio Austin legislators made emulating “states with successful marijuana policy” part of the state platform. Austin being an unusual Blue Democratic spot in the middle of Texas, You can bet Austin is watching Denver very closely.

  16. There are probably a great many people that just won’t admit using cannabis since they have so many things to fear by doing so. One of my best friends has used it as long as I’ve known him; about 30 years. He absolutely will not admit it to anyone except for a special few like myself. He is a school teacher and greatly desires to retire as such.

    Isn’t it a shame that so many good people throughout our country, and the world, live in fear because of the incredibly stupid laws regarding this herb?

    Even politicians have stated that if they could vote in private regarding whether or not to change the cannabis laws they would do so. They always vote against change publicly because of their owners (big pharma, private prisons, certain law enforcement, etc…).

    Pretty pathetic state of the union if you ask me!

  17. One hundred percent of humans have skin in this game, and I’ll tell you why.

    My fellow commentor, Julian, has articulated an idea so profound that I’m going to cut-and-paste the one paragraph, below:

    (by Julian:)
    “Ok, I give in; marijuana deserves the title of panacea. It is safe treatment and nourishment for our cannabinoid deficiencies and I will go so far to say that our coevolution with cannabis and its intimate relationship with our endocannabinoid system deems any patent or prohibition of cannabis a threat to the health and security of all human beings on earth, as these unconstitutional patents and prohibitions are on ourselves.”

    Julian has hit on exactly why everybody has skin in the game, not just the 13% who smoke pot (or whatever the exact percentage may actually be.) It’s because we ALL have an endocannabinoid system. We now know that it’s an integral part of our biology, and essential for our health.

    Even in this “enlightened” time of legalization, if you say the word “panacea” you will receive skepticism. I understand Julian’s hesitance. But as he suggests, the danger is, “The Man” may not own you, but he owns the molecules on which you depend, as if Corporate America suddenly put a patent on oxygen, and started charging for the stuff, AND made it illegal for you to get it elsewhere. That’s Capitalism for you!

    1. Thanks for the accolades Mark. Patenting law as it pertains to biopharmaceuticals and bioengineering is on a slippery slope in this nation and its going to be up to all of us to get educated.
      The problem isn’t capitalism its capitalism unchecked. When we allow our Congressman to accept money from lobbyists from private prisons, Big Food and Big Pharma instead of our individual contributions we sell out Democracy. No other race is as observant of this principle than Washermsn Shultz and Tim Canova.
      Donate:
      http://Www.timcanova.com
      Early Voting has begun in miami dade.

  18. Deport all your right-wing religious nutters to Saudi Arabia and all your left-wing nanny statists to Iran.

    The puzzle pieces will fall into place and pot will get legal sooner. Trust me.

  19. Daaaamn! Check out Tim Canova talk truth to power on drug policy in the first minutes of his only debate with Debbie Washmoney Shultz;

    https://www.google.com/amp/miami.cbslocal.com/2016/08/14/facing-south-florida-debbie-wasserman-schultz-debates-tim-canova/amp/?client=safari

    Can someone with the right technology please animate a pinochio nose growing on Debbie’s face? Maybe with some leaves, a birds nest and some south Florida swamp moss hanging from it as it continues to grow out of control? Pass it around YouTube and facebook? Put the twitter bird on her nose! That’s it!

    Please visit http://www.timcanova.com and donate $15 so we can get this man in office and get the biggest most divisive Democratic prohibitionist in Congress OUT of power. Primaries for Miami Dade are at the end of this month! If every NORML member and Sanders supporter donates $15 to Canova we can begin to outpurchase Big Pharma and Big Food from purchasing our Congressman and get a progressive Democratic revolution going and maybe… just maybe… we won’t have to call medicinal marijuana prescribed by a doctor an “herbal remedy recommended by a budtender” just to get legal access. (Or what the hell… as long as we can get some heirloom seeds…)

    1. Go to “images” of Rep. Wasserschmutz, practice drawing face, eyes, nose, etc., including mouthmounted flexdrawtube, leading down to a double-stem onehitter being lighterheated and simultoked by somebody even more important than a Congresspuffer such as Bob Marley, Jesus Christ or Prophet Muhammad. Post mini-stickers 47 inches from pavement on lightpoles near bus stops all over your sunny palmstudded town.

      1. Whoooa Mexweed; Profit Mohammed on a flexhitter? And you call yourself timid?
        Lol… considering the poetry in the Quran;

        http://www.marijuana.com/community/threads/mohammed-pbuh-knew-hemp.160541/

        …And the historical presence of cannabis during the time of Muhammed is compelling. Cannabis was used medicinally across the Arabic world during Roman times, applied to a wide variety of ailments (from migraines to syphilis) and as an analgesic and anaesthetic. The great ninth-century Islamic physician Rhazès prescribed it widely;

        That lead me to this interesting (biased) article;

        http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/06/26/world/middleeast/marijuana-use-rises-in-iran-with-little-interference.html?_r=0

        Cannabis consumption is on the rise in Iran without much interference from a regime that regularly kills drug dealers of opium and heroin, and periodically cracks down on alcohol dealers which is also illegal. The article from the NYTimes is actually full of contrived prohibition propaganda, quoting NIDA and unemployed Iranians. Funny the article acknowledges “the international view of marijuana is that it’s rather harmless.”
        But the facts from the reporting of increased marijuana consumption are positive coming from an Iranian society under the stress of the regime and the Supreme leader. Sorry I can’t confirm the popularity of hookahs or vaporizers, and no, this American won’t be traveling into Iran to report anything, but the good news is a nation on the verge of nuclear arms is consuming more marijuana. Whether they’re smoking, vaporizing or putting it wherever I just hope the Republican guard and the Supreme leader take a puff and chill the fu€k out.

  20. And let’s not forget about the millions of dollars pharmaceutical companies, alcohol, and tobacco companies use to buy off politicians to continue to make it illegal. If we want legal marijuana for adults of all industries to enjoy responsibly outside of their workplace, then we must put our politicians on blast and replace their useless asses! What is wrong with the soldier getting high after a deployment? Or a paramedic or nurse smoking a joint when the are off the clock and not going into work? Oh but allowing these men and women to kill their bodies with alcohol, tobacco, and prescription drugs in their off time is perfectly okay! -Great job Politicians of America!!!

  21. I think it would also to be useful to highlight how marijuana has helped and continues to help people with chronic illnesses substantially and how it can be used safely and responsibly in order to improve the quality of life for individuals who otherwise have to rely on medications that are comparably ineffective or even harmful in the long run. It’s not that it’s something that we just want to enjoy, but it’s something that can help and even save people’s lives. I think that has to continue to be part of the conversation if we want full legalization to happen because not enough people really seem to perceive marijuana as something that could save someone’s life as opposed to some silly drug that just turns any normal person into a drooling imbecile.

  22. Something tells me that after the performance of Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps in the olympics this week, and amidst all these doping scandals, the whole world’s perspective on marijuana just changed for the better. _\|/_

    1. I wonder if Michael Phelps is still using cannabis. I was very disappointed when he got caught and then admitted to “making a mistake”. I remember thinking to myself: “What a friggin’ whimp!”. He could have been a hero for the legalization cause but instead took a cowardly exit while bowing to the man.

      1. Yeah he reacted like a busted teenager at first but the truth was out and made its own destiny. Now the Olympics tolerates marijuana if it isnt consumed on the same day:

        http://hightimes.com/news/olympics-athletes-can-smoke-weed-just-not-during-competition/

        Imagine; what else could the olympics do? The committee looks the other way on steroid doping but kicks out Bolt and Phelps for marijuana? Nielsen ratings would drop worse than Mexico after Carlos Slim privatized Olympic viewership and the sponsors dropped out. Can’t kill your audience and clearly the world audience loves our athletes on weed!

  23. In the wake of the illegal nature of the product as it is still federally illegal, even asking someone if they utilize this would tend to elicit a no answer. I have been a patient for 18 months but a fan since I was a teenager in Texas. Asking someone if they use an illegal substance I like to asking someone if they are a pedophile. Sometimes its best to act like a politician and not disclose things.

  24. I would love to start smoking marijuana again to relieve my body pain, but I can’t. The state that I live in (VA) does not allow medical marijuana. The pain program that I am in would kick me out if I tested positive for THC. I have to wait until the laws get changed before I can get some relief. Besides that I do not know where to obtain any marijuana. For that study I would have to be listed as a non-user. I will try some of the oil, since it is legal and does not contain THC. I would rather get stoned.

  25. I moved to Oregon from Texas last November. Recently, Gallup conducted a poll regarding adult usage of marijuana. I believe the resulting numbers are artificially skewed low at 13% for yes. I visited 2 dispensaries/rec stores yesterday doing market research posing as a customer. I purchased two 1 gram packages at each store. I conducted a small, quick survey myself of the people waiting to enter the sales areas. In the first there were 6 patrons waiting and I stated that recently Gallup conducted a poll regarding cannabis use. My question was “if someone approached you on the street with a clipboard and they said your answers will be completely anonymous but asked you if you smoked marijuana what would you say?” 4 of the 6 and 3 of the 5 in the other store said they would answer negatively. That was 55% would answer falsely. My basis for this assumption is that every one of these were customers there for the explicit purpose to buy cannabis. I don’t believe any of them appeared to be buying for their 5 year old epileptic child.

    That was a very small study and because of that not statistically significant. The implications of this could be numerous. I know how marketing and advertising works. I have my own ideas about what these results mean but I believe the numbers are way low. 58% of the adult population support legalization. The American people don’t support something that they don’t personally believe in and use.

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