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October 17, 2011

"Record-High 50% of Americans Favor Legalizing Marijuana Use"

F9nyco05-um-ww_mfbuo9qThe title of this post comes from this new release from the folks at Gallup in the wake of its latest polling on a subject of extra interest to those interested in a change in tactics in the war on drugs.  Here are some highlights from this new Gallup report:

When Gallup first asked about legalizing marijuana, in 1969, 12% of Americans favored it, while 84% were opposed. Support remained in the mid-20s in Gallup measures from the late 1970s to the mid-1990s, but has crept up since, passing 30% in 2000 and 40% in 2009 before reaching the 50% level in this year's Oct. 6-9 annual Crime survey.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, "Marijuana is the most commonly abused illicit drug in the United States."  The National Survey on Drug Use and Health in 2009 found that "16.7 million Americans aged 12 or older used marijuana at least once in the month prior to being surveyed, an increase over the rates reported in all years between 2002 and 2008."...

A Gallup survey last year found that 70% favored making it legal for doctors to prescribe marijuana in order to reduce pain and suffering.  Americans have consistently been more likely to favor the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes than to favor its legalization generally.....

Support for legalizing marijuana is directly and inversely proportional to age, ranging from 62% approval among those 18 to 29 down to 31% among those 65 and older.  Liberals are twice as likely as conservatives to favor legalizing marijuana.  And Democrats and independents are more likely to be in favor than are Republicans.  More men than women support legalizing the drug.  Those in the West and Midwest are more likely to favor it than those in the South.

I have added the emphasis to the portion of the report noting that levels of public support for ending pot prohibition is linked to age.  This data seem uniquely important for the long-term political prospects of legalizing marijuana, in part because older people are generally more likely to vote and in part because many politicians are often looking for distinct issues through which to connect to younger voters.

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Because the hierarchy is old, age explains why it takes 100 years to change the law, despite established utilitarian analysis early. One must wait for the hierarchy to die of natural causes. For example, it was well known by educated people that the earth was round for hundreds of years before Columbus sailed. One could see the curvature of the earth looking at the horizon. One could see its round shadow on the moon in lunar eclipses. Yet such a belief remained unlawful.

Slavery was known to be wrong by all educated people by the 1750's. It ended around the world 100 years later.

This age effect is yet another justification for the eradication of the entire lawyer hierarchy by the death penalty for its insurrection against the constitution, faster progress and enactment of the self-evident.

Legalization would also end the high US government subsidy to the Mexican drug cartel in one of the most obnoxious forms of rent seeking ever enacted. Price would drop. It could be taxed heavily, and its production shifted to American tobacco companies. If you see a young lawyer formally opposing legalization, they may be lobbying for one of the many legitimate businesses owned by the Mexican cartel. The source of their funding should be investigated. If they work for a Mexican Cartel, they should be executed for treason. These have verged over into terrorist organizations seeking the overthrow of our friend, the Mexican government. If any link to Al Qaeda or Iranian government can be shown, drones should be sent into Mexico. They are also likely Mexican supremacists seeking the return of US Territory. Any lawyer advocating softness on such betrayal should also be investigated, and the policy should be zero tolerance for disloyalty. Except for criminal defense lawyers, any US lawyer advocating Mexican cartel interests should be summarily executed after an hour's fair trial.

Mexico is more overlawyered than the US. That explains its abolition of the death penalty, its crime rate, its poverty despite rich natural resources, and its chaos.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Oct 18, 2011 6:32:50 AM

Nice of you not to mention, Doug, that also, in the long term the older voters will be proportionally more dead! (Or sooner dead, or something)

Posted by: Anon | Oct 21, 2011 3:24:25 PM

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