Marijuana Surging In Popularity And So Are Arrests

Millions of people are wanting marijuana to become recreational nationwide. Millions more are taking to marijuana to cope with their daily problems. Both of these groups are benefiting from the surge in popularity of this special plant.

When it comes to cannabis issues, there are two pro-canna groups. You have the recreational marijuana supporters and you also have the medical marijuana supporters. These are two totally different demographics.

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Source: Marist Poll/Yahoo News

Millennials Lead The Weed Pack

According to a poll conducted by Marist Poll and Yahoo News, Millennials make up 52% of marijuana users. Why might this be? Is it the stereotype of their blatant disdain for authority or their rebellious nature? Who knows. But what’s pretty apparent is that Millennials believe in their constitutional rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. There’s something admirable about a group of young adults that stand up for what they believe in. They are a different breed.

The Baby Boomers were more conservative than the Millennials. Most of them did not approve of their bank investing in marijuana related endeavors. Millennials just don’t give a crap about anything. They’re like the new age hippies or something.

Out of the 22% of people who use marijuana, 52% were Millennials and 71% don’t identify with any particular religion. They were a close split between their political philosophies. A whopping 43% of them identify as democrats with independents coming in at 42%. Only a mere 14% of them identify as republican.

Are Republicans Holding Marijuana Legalization Back?

It doesn’t take too much research to see what the hold up is. Clearly the GOP isn’t fully on board with marijuana. They’re not even fully on board with medical marijuana, much less recreational. You can find numerous articles claiming that the GOP is blocking marijuana-friendly legislation. My question is, why would they want to prevent marijuana-friendly legislation from passing.

Given that this is America that we’re talking about, it’s not rocket science. All the strange political moves seem to fall back to a group of people trying to protect their vested interest. In short, it usually boils down to money. Whether it’s the alcohol industry, the prison industry, or a different industry, you can bet your bottom dollar that there’s big money involved. Both alcohol and prison profits are predicted to take a hit from friendlier marijuana laws.

Marijuana Arrests Are Rising

Even though more states have legalized recreational and medical marijuana than ever, arrests are still on the rise. I’m not too shocked about the rise in marijuana related arrests. The laws are pretty poor even in states where it’s legal to smoke pot. You can still get arrested for attempting to ship marijuana or for smoking in public. Not to mention that people are probably selling their medical marijuana to their friends. I know that happens for a fact. The Marist Poll also showed that most people get their weed from a close friend.

Given the easier access to marijuana, it’s no surprise arrests are on the rise. I think this trend may continue for another term or two until people get used to having easy access to marijuana. I see a lot of people smoking in public and driving cars that smell like MJ smoke. When the taboo nature of marijuana is eradicated and it’s more socially accepted, I think arrests will plummet along with prison profits (just my humble opinion, don’t manage your investments based on my opinion).

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