•   
  •   

World Marijuana legalization has won

22:05  22 june  2021
22:05  22 june  2021 Source:   vox.com

Amazon Criticized for Anti-Gun Control Merchandise Reading 'F*** Joe and the Hoe'

  Amazon Criticized for Anti-Gun Control Merchandise Reading 'F*** Joe and the Hoe' High-profile military veteran and anti-Trump critic Travis Akers tweeted Sunday, "this is not ok @Amazon."The world's largest online retailer recently deleted several product pages that featured the offensive phrase targeting President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

The US is nearing a tipping point of sorts on marijuana legalization: Almost half the country — about 44 percent of the population — now lives in a state where marijuana is legal or soon will be legal to consume just for fun.

a colorful kite: A marijuana-themed US flag flies during a 2019 protest at the US Capitol. © Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call Inc./Getty Images A marijuana-themed US flag flies during a 2019 protest at the US Capitol.

The past several months alone have seen a burst of activity as five states across the US legalized marijuana for recreational use: New Jersey, New York, Virginia, New Mexico, and, on Tuesday, Connecticut.

It’s a massive shift that took place over just a few years. A decade ago, no states allowed marijuana for recreational use; the first states to legalize cannabis in 2012, Colorado and Washington, did so through voter-driven initiatives. Now, 18 states and Washington, DC, have legalized marijuana (although DC doesn’t yet allow sales) — with six enacting their laws through legislatures, showing even typically cautious politicians are embracing the issue.

6-Year-Old Overdoses on THC Gummy Packaged as 'Hawaiian Punch'

  6-Year-Old Overdoses on THC Gummy Packaged as 'Hawaiian Punch' The girl apparently thought she was eating candy when she saw the package containing the logo of the popular fruit punch.The incident occurred over Memorial Day weekend, when the girl's parents, Morgan and Alex McCoy, took their daughter to her in-laws in Jacksonville, Florida. On a June 1 Facebook post, Morgan recounted that about 30 to 40 friends and their families were there for a holiday pool party. She said many of the people there were "legal, medical marijuana patients.

At this point, the question of nationwide marijuana legalization is more a matter of when, not if. At least two-thirds of the American public support the change, based on various public opinion surveys in recent years. Of the 15 states where marijuana legalization has been on the ballot since 2012, it was approved in 13 — including Republican-dominated Alaska, Montana, and South Dakota (although South Dakota’s measure is currently held up in the courts). In the 2020 election, the legalization initiative in swing state Arizona got nearly 300,000 more votes than either Joe Biden or Donald Trump.

Legalization has also created a big new industry in very populous states, including California and, soon, New York, and that industry is going to push to continue expanding. One of the US’s neighbors, Canada, has already legalized pot, and the other, Mexico, is likely to legalize it soon, creating an international market that would love to tap into US consumers.

Series A: Cannabis Startup Sanity Group receives another 35 million euros

 Series A: Cannabis Startup Sanity Group receives another 35 million euros with fresh 35 million euros risk capital wants to research the CBD startup of the pre-hosting agent Finn Häselsel mainly on cannabis drugs. © Sanity Group The Sanity Group founder Finn Häselsel (l.) And Fabian Peace want to improve the image of cannabis and set up for legalization. The Berliner Sanity Group announced the conclusion of a series A financing round over about 35 million euros on Monday.

The walls are closing in on this issue for legalization opponents — and quickly.

Many politicians have played it cautiously in response to these trends. While some high-profile Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, have come out in support, Biden continues to oppose legalization. Republicans, including Trump, are almost entirely opposed.

But at this point, their refusal comes off more like a last gasp than a movement that can hold back the tide of change. At a certain point, lawmakers will have to follow public opinion or risk losing an election. And the public has spoken very clearly, time and again.

What’s less clear is how it will happen. Maybe it’ll be a slow, state-by-state battle before the federal government ends its own prohibition on cannabis, or maybe federal action will lead to a flurry of states legalizing. What has become clear is that legalization will eventually win, and the vast majority of states, if not all, will soon join the ranks of the legalizers.

IIHS: Car Accident Rates Rise in States After Marijuana Sales Are Legalized

  IIHS: Car Accident Rates Rise in States After Marijuana Sales Are Legalized New studies from IIHS and HLDI show that there is a correlation between marijuana legalization and car accident rates in the immediate aftermath of legalization legislation taking effect.When combined with preliminary results from a separate IIHS study that examined reports of injured drivers who visited emergency rooms in California, Colorado and Oregon, it appears that drivers who used marijuana alone were no more likely to be involved in crashes than drivers who hadn't used the drug.

Marijuana legalization is very popular

In the span of two decades, marijuana legalization has gone from a fringe issue to one the vast majority of Americans embrace.

In 2000, just 31 percent of the country backed legalization while 64 percent opposed it, according to Gallup’s public surveys. By 2020, the numbers flipped: The most recent Gallup poll on the topic showed that 68 percent supported legalization and 32 percent were against it.


Video: Both parties are working on legalizing cannabis and federal legalization is coming: Canopy Growth CEO (Yahoo! Finance)

There are a few possible explanations for the flip. The general failure of the war on drugs to actually stop widespread drug addiction (see: the opioid epidemic), as well as backlash to the punitive policies the drug war brought, left a lot of Americans craving new approaches. The public has come to see marijuana as not so bad — less harmful than legal drugs such as alcohol or tobacco. The advent of the internet likely sped up some of these conversations, too, and the spread of medical marijuana might have shown more Americans that the US can handle the drug’s legalization.

12 Things You Can Get With a Vaccination Card

  12 Things You Can Get With a Vaccination Card Beer? Fries? Scholarship? Businesses are giving away freebies to encourage people to have their COVID-19 shots.National vaccination rates are dropping across the country to fewer than one million shots administered per day, according to analysis by The Washington Post. This marks a decline of more than 70 percent from the national peak of 3.4 million shots per day administered in April. Some areas of the U.S. are experiencing lower vaccine uptake levels too, including Alabama.

chart, line chart © Gallup

Regardless, the trend toward support is found in basically every major survey on this issue, with polling groups consistently finding a strong majority backing of legalization, from the Pew Research Center (67 percent in 2019) to the General Social Survey (61 percent in 2018).

The trend toward legalization is found in the real world, too. Oregon voters rejected a legalization measure in 2012, only to approve a separate initiative two years later. Arizona voters said no to a legalization measure in 2016, only to approve another one four years later.

There’s even solid Republican support for legalization. Gallup found that a slim majority of Republicans supported it in 2017, 2018, and 2019; a majority opposed it in 2020, but the difference was within the margin of error, and a sizable minority of 48 percent still backed legalization. Pew also found a majority of Republicans — 55 percent — backed legalization in 2019.

This Republican support is also seen in the real world. In the 2020 election, Trump won Montana by 16 points and South Dakota by 26 points. In both states that same year, most voters approved legalization initiatives, with pretty strong margins of around 8 percentage points in South Dakota and 16 percentage points in Montana.

In other words, marijuana legalization has appeared on the ballot in four states dominated by Republicans: Alaska, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota. It’s won in three of them, losing only in North Dakota. Marijuana legalization is 3-1 in solid red states!

Walgreens now Offering $25 Incentive for People to get Vaccinated

  Walgreens now Offering $25 Incentive for People to get Vaccinated The offer is valid Tuesday, June 22 through Saturday, June 26 in stores and online at Walgreens.com. "Walgreens is providing the added incentive to encourage more individuals to get a COVID-19 vaccine in support of President Biden's National Month of Action," the corporation said in a statement.The drugstore chain said it's also extended pharmacy hours during Fridays in June as part of the National Month of Action, with the "goal of providing additional flexibility for walk-in vaccinations."As of June 21, 150.

There’s little reason to think that any of these trends will change soon.

There’s not much that can turn this around

There’s a world in which you could envision growing support for marijuana legalization suddenly collapsing. Maybe after Colorado, Washington, or a few other states legalized, things went really badly. Teen use went up, along with car crashes, crime, ER visits related to pot, and other bad outcomes. Voters see the error of their ways and change course.

But that just hasn’t happened. In the states that have legalized, things have generally gone fine. There were some concerns about marijuana-laced edibles in the early days, but those worries faded quickly as regulators instituted some new rules and retail outlets bolstered their advice to newbies about how to consume edibles. The gigantic rise in all the problem outcomes legalization opponents warned against never came to fruition.

A big tell here is how often politicians flip-flop to support legalization once their state legalizes and things go basically fine. In Colorado, then-Gov. John Hickenlooper in 2012 said he opposed the ballot measure, only to fully support legalization and brag about how his administration implemented it by the time he ran for senator in 2020. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who opposed legalization during his 2012 run, said in March that the one thing he’d do differently is “[embrace] this position of decriminalizing it earlier, had I known how successful this has been with not any really large increase in juvenile usage, which was a concern while we were debating this.”

"More rights, less than Blabla": Between Pantin and Paris, thousands of people parade on the occasion of the LGBTQIA +

 video march: Pride steps - the manifestation starts from Pantin in the rain Thousands of people were gathered on Saturday for the latest pride march before the end of Emmanuel Macron's five-year. An annual appointment focused on the defense of the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA +). © Provided by the world Participants in the annual march of prides in Pantin (Seine-Saint-Denis), Saturday, June 26, 2021.

There are also major forces that will continue to support legalization and encourage its expansion. The US marijuana industry is now valued at more than $18 billion, supporting the equivalent of over 300,000 full-time jobs, more than the total number of electrical engineers or dentists, according to the 2021 Leafly Jobs Report.

This is simply a big industry now, for better or worse. Any politician moving to shut it down risks incurring the wrath of hundreds of thousands of people losing their jobs. And because it’s a promising industry, there’s a strong economic incentive — between additional jobs and tax revenue — for more states to embrace legalization.

Not to mention that this major new industry can now use its economic weight to directly back legalization measures, providing much-needed funding to help get them across the finish line. In this way, marijuana legalization’s success at the ballot box so far will lead to more success.

There are, of course, still major barriers to full legalization nationwide. Marijuana remains illegal under federal law, including in states that have legalized it under their own statutes. International treaties prohibit countries from legalizing marijuana for recreational uses (although with Canada, Mexico, and Uruguay moving to legalize, it doesn’t seem like anyone really cares). Most of the US population still lives in a state that hasn’t legalized, and it will take a lot of time and effort in legislatures and ballot boxes to change that.

But it’s now very clear where the trends are heading. It might take several more years to become national reality, but marijuana legalization is here to stay.

The Supreme Court of Mexico offwanted marijuana .
© Pedro Pardo, AFP The Supreme Court of Mexico officially decriminalized Monday, June 28, 2021 the use of marijuana for adults. in Mexico, where powerful cartels are firing, the Supreme Court has decriminalized Monday the use of cannabis for recreational purposes. The Congress must still legislate on the issue. The Supreme Court of Mexico, where powerful drug cartels operate, officially decriminalized Monday, June 28 the use of marijuana for adults.

usr: 30
This is interesting!