If you’re wondering whether or not marijuana will ever be recreationally legal nationwide, dig this – roughly two-thirds of Republican Millennials are pro legalization. That’s up from half the previous generation. Things are looking up, and we’re talking about Republicans, here – conservatives. You can imagine the liberal numbers, then.
With so many citizens on both sides of the aisle for the legalization of marijuana, with crime down in states where legalization has already taken place, the failed war on drugs, the over-incarceration rates nationwide, and Colorado showing a surplus in revenue thanks to legalization, what’s to debate any longer in the shadow of the nation’s debt and crumbling infrastructure? Yep, Michigan’s “Pot for Potholes” sure makes a lot of sense, for example, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg of possibilities. It’s so obvious even young Republicans have to agree.
Marijuana is also so commonly smoked that people of every political bent are finally getting honest about it publicly. People are sick of being arrested and persecuted over such a harmless matter that frankly, in a free country, we should have every right to decide whether or not we wish to partake in – just as much right as choosing whether we would like a cup of coffee in the morning, a cigarette on break at work, or a cocktail to unwind with in the evening. And that’s aside from the countless medicinal benefits the substance offers.
Yep, the tide is turning, and turning green, with little blue and red hairs in it.
This conservative revelation comes courtesy of a recent Pew survey published Friday. Approximately 60 percent of Republicans under 34 years of age are in favor of marijuana legalization, while 74 percent of Democrats in the same age bracket do. Notice both political parties are well over 50 percent pro-legalization.
Even American citizens between 35 and 50 remain largely in favor of legalization. Republicans in that age group fall in at 47 percent pro-legalization, while Democrats come in at 61 percent. That same 14-percentage spread still remains true for older folks on both sides of the aisle.
It would be interesting for future Pew surveys to continue into higher age brackets in order to see if the numbers start to go back up due to use of medical marijuana amongst the elderly seeking alternative, effective treatments.
The numbers in the latest Pew survey are especially interesting to ponder as the country moves ever-toward the 2016 Presidential election.
The debate over marijuana also comes ahead of the 2016 presidential election, when both political parties are fighting over the coveted Millennial vote as this group of eligible voters swells in size, even if its members do not consistently show up on Election Day.
Much of the country has already jumped on the legal medicinal marijuana bandwagon, and a handful of brave states, such as Colorado and Alaska, are already taking bold steps into the realm of legal recreational marijuana, with only good things to show for it. The District of Colombia’s mayor, Muriel Bowser, is even doing so in a showdown with federal law in order to honor the people’s vote – something Congress is trying very much to resist.
Interestingly enough, as well, the numbers on pro-legalization of marijuana also reflect Pew survey results from a year ago regarding legalization of same-sex marriage. Sixty-one percent of conservatives younger than 30 are pro same-sex marriage. Seventy-seven percent in the same age group on the left approve. Perhaps enough people are finally recognizing that the country has far bigger issues to wrestle with than whether gay folks who love each other can marry, or whether someone chooses to smoke a joint at the end of the day instead of sip a martini or throw back a few beers.
While the federal government is being dragged into the previous century by a handful of archaic bigots and opportunists, the actual citizenry of the country is tugging in the opposite direction. Even more and more conservatives are in favor of legalizing marijuana and gay marriage, not to mention rid politics of the big corporate money. As much as the left wars with the right, average American citizens out there who consider themselves conservative are progressing forward, even if those they elect to represent them are not.