A Majority of Republicans Now Support Marijuana Legalization
A recently released Gallup poll has created quite a stir in the online world. For the first time since Gallup began polling the weed question 50 years ago, a majority of Republicans now support marijuana legalization.
Republican support has now jumped past the 50% mark. This backs up Gallup's assertion that "Americans have become more liberal on a variety of social issues".
What is especially interesting about the data is the sharp jump from last year to this year. 2016 saw only 42% of Republicans support marijuana legalization whereas this year it rocketed to 51%.
Why the sudden change?
Many people are questioning where this sudden rise in support has come from. Of course, it is impossible to say for sure, however, some are noting that it has become increasingly clear that cannabis is an industry of immeasurable profit. Perhaps Republicans are looking to cash in?
We recently saw Colorado surpass the $1 billion mark in only 8 months from marijuana sales. This data has made it crystal clear that legalization equals big bucks. With big businesses such as Constellation Brands (owner of Corona beer) making substantial investments in the cannabis industry, there's no doubt in anyone's mind that cannabis makes money.
Another factor that could be influencing Republican support for marijuana legalization is the way that states have taken matters into their own hands. While cannabis continues to be illegal on a federal level, 29 states and the District of Columbia all have some form of medical marijuana laws in place. We've also seen cities forming their own laws with regards to cannabis legalization.
It begs the questions as to how much longer federal law can resist the growing trend towards marijuana legalization in the United States. A majority of Republicans now support marijuana legalization, a change that cannot be ignored. It might well be time for the federal government to finally reclassify cannabis.
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