The movement to end cannabis prohibition is moving along state by state in the USA and nation by nation across the globe, as more and more people from around the world understand that it’s time to legalize. Fresh on the heels of the latest Gallup poll showing that a supermajority of over 2/3 of Americans support legalization, Israel has announced that they are moving forward with plans to legalize and regulate cannabis within the next nine months. The Times of Israel reported on today’s presentation from Israeli Justice Minister Avi Nissenkorn:
The justice minister said an explanatory memorandum of a bill formulated in accordance with the recommendations would be published by the end of November and that the legalization would go into effect nine months after it is approved, to allow government ministries time to prepare.
“It’s time to make progress and legalize cannabis in Israel,” Nissenkorn said. “This is a significant, holistic and responsible reform, which shows the State of Israel isn’t ignoring reality and is going in the footsteps of developed countries.”
According to the new law being promoted, people age 21 and up will be allowed to purchase cannabis at specialized stores. They will be required to show identification.
While the victories for the cannabis community are piling up, and it seems like legalization is inevitable, we cannot take anything for granted. We are only winning victories because of the hard work of advocates and that everyday people from all walks of life are sharing the truth about how they utilize cannabis.
The recent electoral defeat in New Zealand demonstrates that we still have a lot of work to do, but the pending victory for science and common sense in Israel shows that we are still winning. We must remain vigilant because those in power, those that benefit from the status quo, aren’t going to give up without a fight. In the meantime, too many people are still getting arrested and too many small businesses like Kind Leaf are being hindered by unnecessarily burdensome regulations, so we cannot let up.
Thankfully, the cannabis community has truth and justice on our side. Keep spreading your truth and we’ll continue to see more and more success across the U.S. and the world.
As many have written about, cannabis legalization was a HUGE winner at the 2020 ballot box, all across the country, in red, blue, and purple states. Gallup’s latest poll shows extremely strong support for ending prohibition, with more than 2/3 of American voters agreeing that it is time to end the war on the cannabis community. The record-breaking 68% support is a reason to celebrate, and there is no better place to relish in another historic day for freedom and liberty than a trip to Kind Leaf, Eastern Oregon’s premier craft cannabis boutique.
Americans are more likely now than at any point in the past five decades to support the legalization of marijuana in the U.S. The 68% of U.S. adults who currently back the measure is not statistically different from last year’s 66%; however, it is nominally Gallup’s highest reading, exceeding the 64% to 66% range seen from 2017 to 2019.
Since 2012, when Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize recreational marijuana, there has been a slow trickle of states that have followed suit. Over that period, Americans’ support for marijuana legalization has risen 20 points to a record-high 68%. This measure has enjoyed majority support from the public since 2013. Additionally, Gallup data from earlier this year find that 70% of U.S. adults now consider smoking marijuana to be morally acceptable, marking a five-percentage-point uptick in one year.
The trajectory of the public’s support for the legalization of marijuana has coincided with an increasing number of states approving it. It is not entirely clear whether the shift in public opinion has caused the change in many state laws or vice versa. Given recent trends, more states are likely to legalize recreational marijuana in the future. Considering the high level of public support for such a measure, a change in federal policy could even occur.
When you shop at Kind Leaf, you are helping out the local Pendleton community, not only by providing jobs and revenue, but also because the local company truly cares, as it gives back to their neighbors with initiatives like the Kind Tree program that helps families in need celebrate the holidays. I’ll certainly be blogging a lot about Kind Tree as it truly warms my heart and demonstrates what the cannabis community is truly about.
These are trying times for everyone, but there are reasons to celebrate and we should take advantage of these moments. And, as best as we can, please be kind to one another.
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It is easy to see that cannabis use has become more morally acceptable in American society. More and more states have passed various legalization laws, more federal politicians are embracing legalization, polling shows strong support, and you cannabis is being discussed more within our mainstream culture. A new Gallup poll now shows that 70% of Americans view cannabis as morally acceptable, up five points from last year, just below gambling (71%).
Americans View 13 of 21 Issues as Morally Acceptable
Of the 21 issues included in the latest poll, all but five have been measured since the early 2000s, and 13 are considered morally acceptable to majorities of Americans.
- At least seven in 10 U.S. adults say birth control, drinking alcohol, getting a divorce, sex between an unmarried man and woman, gambling, and smoking marijuana are acceptable moral behaviors.
- Likewise, two-thirds of Americans consider gay or lesbian relations, having a baby outside of marriage and medical research using human embryonic stem cells as acceptable.
- In addition to the death penalty, medical testing on animals, buying and wearing clothing made of animal fur, and doctor-assisted suicide are morally acceptable to narrower majorities.
While utilizing cannabis is deemed more moral more so by liberals at 83%, a majority of conservatives (51%) now feel that using cannabis is a morally acceptable choice. Once again, it is great to see progress across the political spectrum, but the overall results remind us that we still have a lot of work to be done to combat decades of Reefer Madness propaganda. Drinking alcohol is viewed as morally acceptable by 86% of Americans when cannabis use is clearly the safer joice. Also, the fact that 28% of Americans still view cannabis use as immoral can have huge implications in housing, employment, child custody, and other aspects of our lives.
Step by step, we’re making change for the better, but revolutions are marathons, not sprints. Keep sharing your experiences and the truth about cannabis and we’ll continue making strides for true freedom and equality.
Featured photo credit: Darrin Harris Frisby/Drug Policy Alliance