The Marijuana Majority

The Marijuana MajorityA new site launched yesterday that beautifully illustrates how wide-ranging support is in this country for reforming our nation’s marijuana laws. The site is The Marijuana Majority. Their ‘About’ page starts off pretty cutely:

What do evangelical Christian Pat Robertson, progressive media maven Arianna Huffington, conservative businessman David Koch, actor Morgan Freeman and rapper Snoop Dogg have in common?

Probably only one thing: They all think our marijuana criminalization laws don’t work, cause harm and need to change.

The site was launched at a critical time, as we have 3 states poised to end marijuana prohibition, and multiple states with initiatives on the ballot to legalize the medicinal use of marijuana (which would add them to the 18 states plus DC that already have legal medical marijuana). One of the best ways to help increase these initiatives chances is to show the popular academics, journalists, politicians, business leaders, entertainers, and more that support these kind of reforms. The Marijuana Majority does exactly that. More importantly though, the site demonstrates how so many diverse viewpoints come together on this critical issue.

The site’s message, that supporting marijuana reform makes you in the majority, is true. Public support for marijuana policy reform is at an all time high, and is one of the more popular issues of the day. The Marijuana Majority highlights this well:

  • Washington Post/ABC found 81% support for allowing medical marijuana.
  • Time/CNN found 72% support for replacing jail time with a fine for people caught with small amounts of marijuana.
  • Gallup found 50% support for legalizing marijuana altogether.

There’s good reason support is growing as it is: the public is waking up and seeing the harms marijuana prohibition has caused, as well as the widespread failure of the policy. It’s easy to make comparisons to the failure of Alcohol Prohibition, and see how making a drug that people regularly consume illegal does nothing to stop usage, and just empowers criminals to deliver that substance. I could write a lot more on the subject, but there are better places to learn about the issue. Places like the Drug Policy Alliance, the Marijuana Policy Project, and the Students for Sensible Drug Policy, who all deserve a lot of credit for all tireless work they’ve put in through the years educating the public about reforming marijuana policy.

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