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The Cold War kids still just say no

There continues to be a substantial push toward the legalization of marijuana in the United States. Across demographic groups, all but one generation of Americans support the legalization of cannabis, according to a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday.”

The only group not ready to let everyone legally light up? Adults over 65 years of age. Only 44% of that age group said they would support legalization, while 49% were against it. “The baby boomers say no to the drug that helped define an era, while the millennials say bring it on,” noted Tim Malloy, the assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. Indeed, 85% of voters ages 18 to 34 years old said they were in favor of legalized weed, and among older millennials and Gen X voters surveyed, ages 35 to 49, 63% were also in favor of legal pot.

The survey also found that a whopping 93% of Americans support the use of medical marijuanaif prescribed by a physician.

Politicians are also increasingly supportive of—and some are even leading—efforts to remove marijuana from the federal list of controlled substances and clear the records of those with cannabis-related criminal convictions. The most prominent example might be New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, who announced in February that he is running in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary. Booker also recently reintroduced the Marijuana Justice Act, which would make weed legal nationwide, as well as retroactively expunge the criminal records of those convicted on marijuana-related charges.

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Writer. In the summers, I live and work in the incredible state of Alaska, in the bush community of McCarthy; I pass the winters in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. I'm working on a memoir-based nonfiction book on the American Dream. I blog, quite frequently, and I also have a novel in process, set in Alaska.

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  1. Is this comment invitation a new feature, or did I just never notice it before?

    The age gap on marijuana legalization is similar to that for gay marriage. Across all ages for both issues there’s been a big swing in favor over the past 20 years, but the Boomers have been a little slower in making the shift. Still, on average they’ve headed strongly in the same direction. Maybe they individually had farther to move opinion-wise than did younger people who’d not been as entrenched in their views.

    Speaking from personal experience as a Boomer, in high school (suburban Chicago — 50th high school reunion coming up this year, holy crap) I didn’t know anyone who smoked pot, or for that matter anyone who was gay. In college (Michigan State) I was the first guy on my dorm floor to smoke weed — an old high school pal came for a visit during my freshman year and brought some with him from his college. We were smoking in my dorm room when there came a knock at the door. I opened it — half the guys on my floor were clustered around, could smell it, wanted to know if it was marijuana. Not judgmental; just curious. Pot took off like wildfire over the next year or so in my dorm. So marijuana might have defined the generation, but it only showed up late in adolescent development, creeping in gradually from the margins of respectability.

    What differences have you noticed or experienced in CA weed use since legalization, either personally or societally?

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  2. The comment invitation is my invention. Well, not from a tech perspective. There’s a feature in wordpress.com that allows for a comment above the comment…which sounds a little creepy when you put it that way, but hopefully it isn’t actually creepy in real life because in that case it would have the opposite of the intended effect, unless of course it was a form of self-sabatoge all along. But I digress.

    That’s a great story, to be the cat to jump-start that mimetic chain…And “cat” is the gender appropriate term, correct, with “chick” being the female?…In any event, it definitely strikes me as Girardian. Speaking of which, I was just watching something on Netflix about the 2008 financial melt down, and it was fascinating to watch the attempt that they made to scapegoat their way out of it, saying from the very beginning that “no one is above the law” in that rare case that someone was actually held accountable in some small way. In retrospect we know that virtually no one was substantially prosecuted, but at the time officials and politicians and prosecutors were talking big, like they were going to bring justice and order upon the chaos that was freaking everyone the fuck out. So any slap on the wrist was hyped up as though it were some big and bold move, with more to come in the future for those of you who weren’t quite convinced. So they made a point of advertising that no one was above the law and that even the smallest hint of accountability was a big deal, all for the purpose of calming people down. Hence it’s the scapegoat tactic: “Someone has been punished so you all can calm down now and stop freaking out.” But it ended up sounding more like a kindly grandparent can sound to a rowdy house of children when their parents are away. Grandma ain’t gonna spank me, and it would be hilarious if she tried. At least that’s what it was like with my kindly grandma. But I digress.

    Marijuana is a pretty fascinating political topic. Here, in brief, are the highlights:

    It’s becoming big business. With legalization has come a huge jump in demand. Now that it’s legal, more people are doing it, even here in California where the laws have rarely and selectively been enforced (and also where the stigma against it is pretty low). Demand has spiked, and it’s been fast, which opens the floodgates of Capital. The economics of it work against the small grower, though — but I’m not entirely sure I understand all the ins-and-outs of how that works. Plus, it’s been a long day of number-crunching for the bourgeois class 😉

    It’s an industry that’s also well-regulated but also highly taxed.

    Another big issue is the tension between the federal and state government. This has created a cluster fuck of problems but juicy ironies also emerge, like how conservatives are primarily lining up against states rights, at this moment in time. (This being only one among many issues where they find themselves compromising their values in order to scratch the itch of prejudice.) But I digress.

    One example of a clusterfuck created by the tension between federal and state law: what do we do with all the cash? The Feds back the insurance on banks, and banks have to be backed by the Feds, otherwise they aren’t a bank, essentially, right? So because that’s a federal thing the Feds can make banks abide by regulations about not being able to get involved with a substance that is federally illegal. So, what do pot businesses do with their cash? It’s tricky. (If you watch the show Disjointed, on Netflix, there’s an episode about that. I’ll look it up tomorrow.)

    By way of summary of the summary….Canabis is an industry that’s cash heavy, due to high demand and because of the tension between federal and state laws. It’s also ironic as fuck because it’s the liberals and leftists who are so clearly on the side of individual liberty, in the case of legalization. Ironic, aslo and additionally, because in granting an important individual freedom, we leftists who pat ourselves on the back for being on the side of individual liberty have to watch as marijuana becomes Big Business. But maybe it just goes to show that so long as capitalism owns the casino, the house always wins.

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  3. Also, there’s much that I don’t know about the industry. It’s definitely changing faster than I can keep up with, and even though I’ve been in Cali for a while now, there’s so much that I don’t know.

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