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Americans Want Legal Weed for These Reasons

Americans Want Legal Weed for These Reasons
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Americans Want Legal Weed for These Reasons

Data shows Americans are interested in trying cannabis for a variety of physical and mental conditions.

We are not sure when it happened, but somewhere along the 20-some years of statewide marijuana legalization in the United States, the goal of the smoke for the average user has shifted. While cannabis legalization started with a serious tone surrounding its medicinal effects it also was once a deal where recreational cannabis use was a kind of comic relief, a way to put the absurdity of the day in the rearview and just laugh it up and appreciate the good times to be had.

Today, in light of recreational legalization, there are advocacy groups still out there on a mission to get the government or whoever will listen to understand that the therapeutic benefits of this plant are vast and should be respected as a legitimate medicine and this message seems to be working. Over half the nation has now legalized the leaf for medicinal use in some form or fashion. It’s a trend that has apparently given people all across the country a new reason to join the American cannabis clique.

Some of the latest data from the American research firm Nielson shows that 34% of adults 21 and over are now intrigued about using marijuana. But rather than explore the head change that the herb is famous for providing, many of these people are more interested in checking out the weed scene as a way to improve their overall health. The new survey shows that the majority of the country’s cannabis curious are eager to try pot as a combative measure against a variety of physical and mental conditions ranging from chronic pain to a relaxation aid.

The new survey shows that the majority of the country’s cannabis curious are eager to try pot as a combative measure against a variety of physical and mental conditions.

Statistics show that the biggest reason Americans want legal weed is to control pain (85%). This response is likely the result of several studies published over the past few years showing that pot could be an effective alternative to some prescription painkillers. It is just one of the reasons that cannabis components like hemp-derived CBD, which has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties, has become such a huge household name as of late.

The next reason America gave for wanting legal weed is improving their overall mental health (82%). It seems that more people are starting to realize that the tragedies of life are a little less soul-slashing with a head full of THC.

And they’re not wrong.

Some folks would like to try marijuana as a remedy for minor injuries (81%), and others simply want it to relax (74%). There are those, as well, who want it for a non-pain-related medical issue (63%), preventative medicine (60%), and two or three hippies said they would like it to enhance their spirituality. In the end, all everyone wants is the freedom to be high.

Although the mainstream media might size up all of this chatter to a society that has progressed from burn-outs and stoners to the wellness-minded, we’ve got to tell you, it is a fine line. All of the reasons America has given for wanting legal marijuana are just an elaborate dissection of what it actually means to be high. The improved mental state and the relaxation is precisely why people have been using marijuana for thousands of years. We hate to break it to you America, but being stoned is the same as being medicated.

The Nielsen survey shows that nearly 50% of the respondents said they would consume marijuana as a way to have fun with friends. Translated, this means that half of the nation wants to get high with their buddies and relish in life, love and laughter. This is what is often referred to as recreational use. So far, 11 states have legalized cannabis for this purpose, and it is the direction the United States is going with respect to changing the cannabis laws nationwide.

You may have heard this concept articulated as “sold in a manner similar to alcohol,” which is how legalization was pitched years ago during the campaign phase of the initiatives to establish taxed and regulated pot markets in Colorado and Washington. Now, most of the nation dig this idea. Some of the latest public opinion polls indicate that more than 60% of the population would like to see cannabis legalized like alcohol and tobacco.

So, what did we really learn from the study? Well, while it might show that America is mostly interested in weed for its medicinal benefits, the cipher buried deep within the edges of the verbiage really just drives it home how much people want marijuana as a muse to all highness. And to that we say, cool!

TELL US, why do you use cannabis?

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  1. Donna Jarnagin

    September 22, 2019 at 2:54 am

    I started smoking at age 13 now i am 53 i enjoy smoking, it relaxes me it also helps with my appetite sometimes i just dont get hungry i can go days at a time without eating .. It helps with some of the pains of getting older .
    Its all natural to where pain pills are bad for you and dangerous.. I would rather see people smoke pot than drink alcohol..

  2. YearofAction

    June 11, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    Another reason why Americans want legal weed is because it is part of our U.S. heritage.

    Remembering our heritage of cannabis.

    The plant Cannabis sativa L. was legal, widely grown, and used by people, before and after the Constitution was ratified in 1787. The Commerce Clause anticipated commerce in cannabis.

    “The Congress shall have Power…To regulate Commerce” (including cannabis commerce) “with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;”

    The right of the people to continue to grow and use cannabis was established in 1791 by the original intent of the 9th and 10th Amendments.

    9th: “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights,” (such as the right to bear arms) “shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people” (such as the right to grow and use cannabis plants) “.”

    10th: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States,” (such as the power to control the uses of cannabis plants) “are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

    In 1868, Section 1 of the 14th Amendment furthermore empowered both freeborn and newly emancipated citizens with privileges and immunities to prevent States from abridging their right to continue to grow cannabis.

    14th, Sec. 1: “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States” (to grow cannabis plants) “; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

    In the context of these amendments, corporations are not people, nor are they citizens, so there were no rights, privileges, or immunities established for corporations to grow cannabis. Cannabis was reserved for the people.

    Denying our heritage of cannabis.

    When the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 was enacted, marijuana prohibition did not require cannabis prohibition. The malformed definition of marijuana created in the Act was misconstrued to mean cannabis was prohibited. Each of the subsequent definitions of marijuana were similarly malformed and likewise misconstrued, even as additional constraints were created.

    That definition was malformed because it did not distinctly describe what marijuana is. Instead it provided an outline that had an abstruse, circumlocutory, and equivocal format that was unclear in its meaning. The definition cleverly adumbrated the single true meaning of marijuana hidden within its self-conflicted text. A definition that adumbrates its meaning is an oxymoronic, fake definition which cannot be a necessary and proper federal law.

    Adumbrate – to outline or sketch.
    Define – to specify distinctly.

    The incomprehensible definition of marijuana aided in the malicious government propaganda that invoked “fear itself” about the overstated dangers of marijuana. Its malformed definition also abetted the literal misconstruction that marijuana generally meant cannabis. This misconstruction accomplished the surreptitious prohibition of cannabis under the guise of marijuana prohibition. The racist term “marihuana” is used in the law for the familiar, anglicized, and legally equivalent form, “marijuana”.

    Corporations tacitly supported the prohibition of marijuana, and they enjoyed the competitive advantage of the effective prohibition of cannabis. Corporations then developed substitutes for the resin and fibers of cannabis, such as pharmaceutical opioids, petroleum-based nylon, and many varieties of tobacco cigarettes.

    Restoring our heritage of cannabis.

    Cannabis smoking may be bad, but history has shown that it is not as bad as tobacco smoking. If people remember that cannabis is our heritage, believe smoking is bad, and the government’s definition of marijuana is causing problems, then we should also provide the replacement definition to the government to fix these things.

    The replacement definition can be created by simply reconstructing the current definition so that it carefully deschedules cannabis by revealing the adumbrated meaning of marijuana and preserving the legitimate federal prohibitions with the necessary and proper format that cannot be misconstrued. When these constraints are satisfied, then marijuana can be removed from Schedule 1.

    As much as they demand the DEA to do something about it, only Congress has the authority to specifically replace the text of the current malformed definition with the text of the reconstructed definition of marijuana in the federal Controlled Substances Act, by invoking Section 5 of the 14th Amendment to restore and protect the exclusive privileges and immunities of citizens to grow cannabis that were established by Section 1 of the 14th Amendment, and promised to the people by the 9th and 10th Amendments.

    More citizens should contact their members of Congress about implementing this specific reconstruction that carefully deschedules cannabis, respects our heritage, and upholds our Constitution:

    The term “marijuana” means all parts of the smoke produced by the combustion of the plant Cannabis sativa L. which is, as are the viable seeds of such plant, prohibited to be grown by or sold by any publicly traded corporation or subsidiary company, and such smoke is prohibited to be inhaled by any child or by any person bearing any firearm, as is the intake of any part or any product of such plant containing more than 0.3% THC by weight unless prescribed to such child by an authorized medical practitioner.

    This reconstructed definition that carefully deschedules cannabis will allow NIDA to study the medical value of the many cannabinoids in cannabis. The separate consideration by NIDA of the adulterated medical value that marijuana derives from cannabis can determine whether to reschedule or deschedule marijuana itself, with controls already in place.

    By literally stating that marijuana means cannabis smoke, this definition will legislatively override the longstanding federal misconstruction that marijuana generally means cannabis. It will restrain States from maliciously misconstruing federal marijuana law. It will automatically restore banking privileges to businesses engaged in cannabis commerce. It will oblige corporations to outsource their supplies of cannabis from citizens competing in the supply-side of a diversified cannabis market, and it will preclude corporations from enticing children to “smoke marijuana”.

    In terms of our U.S. heritage, this reconstructed definition will help to prevent misconstruction or abuse of the Constitution’s powers, extend the ground of public confidence in the Government, and best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution, as well as establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, by adhering to the self-evident truths that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, and that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

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