One of the more interesting aspects of the same-sex marriage battle over the past decade was how rapidly the tide turned in favor of legalization. Ten years ago, no one cared about gay rights, but by the time the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage, the outpouring of support for the decision was damn near overwhelming.
Chalk it up to our times. With so much connectivity, it’s much easier to reach, persuade and convince people. It also helps that younger people, of which there’s an overwhelming amount these days, have much less rigid social mores.
So it’s no surprise that other movements which seemed inconceivable long ago are, with just the slightest push, acceptable to the mainstream.
That’s a convoluted way of saying more people are okay with weed being legal these days. The Washington Post complied a bunch of polls from states across America and found that a vast majority want to legalize weed.
Whoop. Weed. It great.
Since late 2012, marijuana legalization questions have been asked in at least 38 states. In 26 of those states, majorities supported legalization. In another 5 states, there wasn’t majority support for or opposition against legalization — results were very close, in other words. And in 7 states, majorities opposed legalization.
That’s damn near 70 percent of states polled that would legalize weed. Add in the undecided, and you are looking at 82 percent of America.
Here’s the list of states, in no particular order: Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Colorado, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Virginia, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts.
So, blaze up wherever. In ten years or so we will get to burn everywhere.
Life is good.