Cultural Shifts: Marijuana Acceptance On The Rise In America

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At CNN, Dr. Sanjay Gupta confesses he has been wrong about marijuana. After examining the mounting evidence that was benefiting medical marijuana users, Gupta admits “Well, I am here to apologize.”

A front-page New York Times story joins the growing pro-pot chorus. In it the gray lady comes to the conclusion that “Warnings voiced against partial legalization — of civic disorder, increased lawlessness and a drastic rise in other drug use — have proved unfounded.”

The tide clearly turned in November 2012 when both Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana for personal use, signaling a major societal shift. Those two states capped a medical marijuana trend that began with California in 1996 and now numbers 18 states.

Clearly, the “Times They Are A-Changin,” as Bob Dylan famously put it and it’s leading to a broad change in America’s point of view. Already, Denver boasts a number of $29.99 admission price, members-only smoking lounges.

In Seattle, the crowd lit up in unison at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, when legalization took effect. Fifty percent of Americans now favor legalized marijuana use. It won’t take another 15 years to reach 36 states, as the pace is certain to pick up.

At that point, the U.S. Federal government will have to cede ground on this issue. The media are really the front runners. Pot-related humor and references are running rampant. Bob Dylan was right, the times they are a-changin.

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