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New Gallup Poll, 68% Support Legalization
The latest Gallup poll shows nearly seven-in-ten Americans support the legalization of marijuana for adults. A record 68% of Americans support ending adult marijuana prohibition, the highest level of support Gallup has ever measured. Gallup first asked this question in 1969, when only 12% of Americans agreed with legalization. Also, legalization was supported by every age demographic, marking the first time people over the age of 65 have supported legalization. Legalization was also universally supported across all income and education demographics. Democratic and Independent support rose again, to record highs of 83% and 72%, respectively; however, support among Republicans dropped to 48% from its high last year of 51%. Conservatives and weekly churchgoers remain the only demographics in support of maintaining criminal prohibition of marijuana.
Biden Victory Celebrations… With Weed
The announcement on Saturday by the news networks that Joseph R. Biden will be elected the 46th President of the United States led to spontaneous street celebrations in major American cities. That election also led to the passage of marijuana legalization in four more states, which now applies to one-third of the American population who live in those states. FOX News reported on the crowds gathered on Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington D.C. in front of the White House to celebrate the results of this presidential election by enjoying the rights they secured themselves in the last presidential election.
(Wait, didn’t frequent FOX News contributor Alex Berenson warn us to tell our children how marijuana use inexorably leads to psychotic violence? Which is it, FOX?)
Rhode Island Considers Legalization
Elections have consequences, and the 2-to-1 passage of marijuana legalization in New Jersey is having a ripple effect throughout the Northeast. Rhode Island Senate Majority Leader Michael McCaffrey (D) spoke to his colleagues on the issue following his re-election.
The chances Rhode Island will legalize were also improved on the House side, as Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, an opponent of legalization, lost his re-election bid. The newly-nominated Rhode Island House Speaker, Joe Shekarchi, appears ready to approve of legalization.
New Jersey Moves on Legalization
The State of New Jersey is moving rapidly on the will of the people to legalize marijuana. Legislation to implement legalization passed through the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 5–1 vote, and an hour later, the Assembly Oversight, Reform and Federal Relations Committee approved the bill as well. Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D), sponsor of the legislation, addressed activists calling for strong social equity provisions in the law:
Adults in New Jersey under the bill would be allowed to possess up to an ounce of cannabis and five grams of concentrates. In a move similar to Oregon’s rollout of legalization, medical marijuana dispensaries in New Jersey would be allowed to sell to all adults until the regulations for recreational shops are rolled out. Unfortunately, in a move that mirrors Washington State’s legalization, home cultivation of cannabis plants will still remain a crime.
Marine Vet Sacked for Legal Medical Marijuana
A veteran has been terminated by a Florida school district for his legal use of medical marijuana to treat post-traumatic stress. Mike Hickman, a Marine who served in the Gulf War, lost his job as a high school dean on a unanimous 5–0 vote of the Marion County School Board. The board acknowledged Hickman’s right under the Florida Constitution to legally use medical marijuana but cited the federal prohibition of marijuana and Hickman’s failure to notify his supervisors of his use as the reasons for his termination. The board offered Hickman the chance to stay if he stopped using medical marijuana, but Hickman refused. Hickman’s medical marijuana use was discovered on a drug screening performed when Hickman applied for workman’s compensation for injuries he sustained while breaking up a high school fight.