It’s high time that the United States legalizes cannabis. Americans are blazing the polls showing unprecedented support for cannabis legalization. According to recent reports, 61% of Americans approve of cannabis legalization.
Demographics of Cannabis Support in the U.S.
- 70% of 18-34 year old’s support cannabis legalization
- 41% of individuals 65 years of age and old support legalization
- 42% of Republican voters favour legalization
- 70% of Democratic voters endorse legalization
Support for Legalization
Americans supporting cannabis legalization may seem like relatively new news, but to some, it isn’t. In the 1940s, during the birth of cannabis prohibition, most Americans were against it. It was during these times the mayor of NYC, Laguardia commissioned a report on cannabis through the New York Academy of Medicine which found that the claims against marijuana we’re false.
The Laguardia Committee Report
Here are some key takeaways from the 1944 Laguardia Committee Report on Marijuana.
- The practice of smoking marihuana does not lead to addiction in the medical sense of the word.
- The use of marihuana does not lead to morphine or heroin or cocaine addiction.
- Marihuana is not the determining factor in the commission of major crimes.
- Marihuana smoking is not widespread among school children.
The Shafer Commission Report
The Shafer Commission Report on Marijuana issued on March 22nd, 1972 also confirmed what the American people already knew. Americans had very vocally orchestrated their disapproval of cannabis prohibition over the last few decades. The report confirmed the government was lying about cannabis.
By the 1970s, it was time for yet another report on this misunderstood plant. This time the United States government was aiming for complete obliteration of any suggestion of medical or useful claims about cannabis. They commissioned one of their own, a political figure by the name of Raymond P. Shafer, a former Governor of Pennsylvania. Shaffer was supposed to tell the world how bad marijuana was. That it was the devil’s lettuce and an evil substance that was the root of self-destruction. This is precisely the opposite of what the scientist and political figure did. The Shafer Committee reports once again suggested that cannabis had medical value and had been demonized by the federal government.
“A presidential commission report concludes that penalties for private use and possession of marijuana should be abolished.” – The Guardian 1974
People have wanted cannabis legal in the United States for decades now. Luckily, times are changing, and it might not be long before we get our wish!