Cannabis Legalisation More Popular Than Uber And Airbnb
A new survey by the Wall Street Journal has found that relaxing cannabis laws is one of the most popular topics in the US, even more so than new “gig economy” services like Airbnb and Uber.
It is a crazy statement, especially when you consider how popular these services are. However, of the 1’000 people surveyed, only 38 percent approved of services like Airbnb and Uber. Comparatively, of the same group, 47 percent said easing the laws around cannabis was important, and a step in the right direction for the country. This is opposed to the 30 percent who said they did not support legal marijuana, with the rest being unsure.
THE POLITICIAN’S CHAGRIN: THE EMPHASIS ON LEGALISING WEED
This growing popularity of marijuana legalisation is becoming a bane to many of the politicians in the US, who have hoped that the issue will simply go away. They are now being forced to confront legalisation as more people consider it one of their top issues, and they are not happy about it.
Only recently President Barack Obama was interviewed by VICE, in which he displayed a frustration at the importance of cannabis legalisation in the eyes of America’s youth.
“It shouldn’t be young people’s biggest priority,” Obama said. “Let’s put it in perspective. Young people, I understand this is important to you. But you should be thinking about climate change, the economy, jobs, war and peace.
“Maybe way at the bottom you should be thinking about marijuana.”
Of course, this is a ridiculous statement, as cannabis legalisation affects every single one of the points he suggests should be high up on the list, and has the potential to make life better for everyone. It is a justifiably important issue to the youth of today, who - without trying to sound cheesy - will grow to inherit society.
Fortunately, not all politicians and public figures are burying their heads. There are some Presidential candidates who are not opposed to legalisation, as well as a number of senators actively trying to end prohibition on a federal level.
Others, such as Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, are just happy that the politically disillusioned youth of today is taking an interest in politics, for whatever reason. In her recent talk at Amherst College, she said: “I don’t really care what kind of thing you become passionate about. Maybe even legalising marijuana, but you know.” What is important, is that there IS an interest.
If anything, this growing popularity shows that the issue of legal cannabis is not going away. More and more people realising the benefit a legal cannabis market has. Politicians, it is time to take your fingers out of your ears.