A late 2017 Gallup poll found the overall support for the legalization of marijuana is at an all-time high of 64% among the American public. For the first in the poll’s history, a majority of Republicans supported to legalize marijuana at 51%, a nine-point jump from the year before. American support for marijuana is reaching a stronger majority every day, and it’s a matter of time before it’s legal across all 50 states.
Both Democrats and Republicans reacted negatively to Jeff Sessions’ decision to renew the tough federal enforcement of anti-marijuana laws. A few US Senators reacted with great dismay, going as far as calling the decision a betrayal. As the marijuana industry continuously fuels economies across American states where it’s legalized, marijuana becomes less of a bipartisan issue.
Colorado was one of the first two states to legalize recreational marijuana. The conservative Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado made a rare break from the Trump Administration due to his “obligation to the people of Colorado.” Gardner declared himself ready to “take all steps necessary to protect the state of Colorado and their right.”
Lisa Murkowski, the conservative Senator from Alaska, made a statement repeatedly discouraging Jeff Sessions from taking action against marijuana. Murkowski called his decision “regrettable and disruptive.”
Conservatives are traditionally against the legalization of marijuana, calling it a gateway drugs and questioning its status as alternative medicine.
Dana Rohrabacher represents conservatives as part of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus; a bipartisan group banded together to support the legalization of marijuana. Congressman Rohrabacher is from Southern California and admits to experimenting with marijuana in his early 20s. He went on to accomplish great things such working as a journalist and a speechwriter for Ronald Reagan.
Rohrabacher is pro-marijuana because it’s a freedom issue and in his view: “if someone wants to live their life and is not hurting anyone, the federal government should butt out.”
Democratic leader, Nancy Pelosi, supports the decriminalization of marijuana citing the strong national sentiment behind it. California recently legalized recreational marijuana and it has had a positive impact on the state’s economy. One customer reported left a dispensary with more than $1,000 worth of marijuana product in a large bag.
Liberals have been emphasizing the adverse effect the war on drugs has had on minority communities for years. Research continues to show a massive disparity due to laws designed targeting people of color with marijuana. To go back to Rohrabacher’s point, being a marijuana user doesn’t reflect on a person’s ability to do great things.
Nevadans are lucky enough to live in a state where marijuana is legal both medically and recreationally. At Las Vegas ReLeaf, we continue to advocate for the legalization of marijuana plus we’re happy to experience all the support for marijuana. Visit our Nevada dispensary for all your marijuana needs!