From ‘Just Say No’ to ‘Yes, We Can’

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Support for legalizing marijuana is one of the very few social attitudes on which you can find clear period effects—people shifted their preferences in line with the perceived mood of the nation. First, in the 1970s legalization became an acceptable position, so much so that even Jimmy Carter expressed support for decriminalization. But then, the conservative revolution took over, and drugs became “bad”. Just say no. This is your brain on drugs. Manditory life sentences for dealers, and manditory jail time for users. Even pot was targeted, and equated with much more dangerous and addictive drugs. Cocaine was relabled “crack” to allow stiffer sentences to be applied based on the race of the “offender.”  Low and behold, American public opinion follows that same trend. In 1973, under 19% of Americans supported legalization, but this increased to nearly 31% in 1978…before falling under 17% in the late 1980s. During the Clinton years people wanted to inhale more. By 1994, nearly a quarter of Americans supported legalization, and by 1998 support was almost back to where it was two decades earlier. And, enthusiasm for marijuana legalization continued to climb even under W. In 2008, nearly 40% of Americans favored the legalization of marijuana. Yes, we can.

 Since 1992, every President of the US has been a former stoner. We’re spending billions of dollars poisoning crops and arresting and imprisoning people for weed. Most of the weed consumed in the US is “home grown”, and all of it would be if it were legal. It could be taxed, regulated, and legitimate money could be made. Instead, money goes to drug dealers with shady associations and truly criminal propensities. It’s kindof like Wall Street, only the opposite, and you wind up with criminals in charge of both industries….


One Response to “From ‘Just Say No’ to ‘Yes, We Can’”

  1. No Weed for Jesus!! « Iranianredneck’s Weblog Says:

    […] need to spend those billions of tax dollars supporting the livelihoods of narcs and prison guards. In an earlier post, I tracked the trend in support for legalization, and showed the huge period effects in support for […]

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