Voters in Connecticut overwhelmingly support legalizing marijuana, a new Quinnipiac University survey shows.
Overall, support for ending cannabis prohibition clocks in at 59 percent for to 36 percent against.
There is majority support for legalization in nearly every demographic, including Democrats, Republicans, independents, men, women, whites and nonwhites. Only people over 65 years of age are in opposition.
Outgoing Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) does not support legalization, but Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ned Lamont does. Republican candidate Bob Stefanowski says more research is needed before the state ends cannabis prohibition.
Lamont leads Sefanowski 53 percent to 37 percent in the new survey.
The Connecticut polling results are similar to those of other surveys released this week that found strong majority voter support for legalizing marijuana in New Jersey and Wisconsin.
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Big Majority Of Connecticut Voters Support Legalizing Marijuana, Poll Finds
Legal cannabis is breaking into mainstream markets, erasing traditional views surrounding the background and profile of frequent consumers. From lawyers and parents to chefs and senior citizens, it’s virtually impossible to tell who uses cannabis habitually without witnessing it firsthand. This is the conclusion Eaze, a California-based medical cannabis delivery service, arrived at in its recently released survey.
According to the startup, today’s typical cannabis consumers are moms, college degree holders (51 percent) and full-time workers (91 percent).
Shocking? Yes, but there’s more.
It seems people are making less trips to the wine section of the grocery store and making more visits to legal cannabis dispensaries (or having cannabis products delivered using Eaze). Results from the survey highlights 87 percent (4 out of 5) of respondents are consuming less alcohol, citing an increase in cannabis use as the reason for the change in preference. Interestingly, 13 percent (1 out of 10) of survey participants completely replaced alcohol with cannabis.
So there you have it. The alcohol industry’s worst fear is finally coming to fruition with no relief in sight. With cannabis becoming more accessible, as regulations surrounding cultivation, consumption and distribution continue to spread, it is likely this trend is just getting started.
For parents, the survey points out that cannabis consumption isn’t an isolated habit. Sixty-three percent of respondents who are parents admitted to daily use, suggesting the practice is well integrated with their busy lifestyle. Furthermore, roughly 39 percent live with three or more people, compared to 26 percent individuals living alone.
“It’s not surprising to think that parents are using cannabis every day,” said Sheena Shiravi, an Eaze spokesperson, during an interview with Refinery29.
“Think about how often a mom reaches for glass of wine or takes Tylenol or pain killer for a headache or back pain.”
When it comes to methods of consumption, only nine percent of parents prefer not to smoke or vape cannabis. The top two options include rolling flowers into joints and grinding small loads into water pipes. This suggests that the presence of curious kids in the household does not affect cannabis flower consumption. Women, who make up “the fastest growing consumer segments in cannabis,” also follow similar cannabis consumption preferences.
However, it is important to highlight that while women prefer consuming cannabis flowers, they aren’t scared to explore their options. Using purchasing data from the delivery platform, Eaze researchers found that early adopters of up and coming cannabis products (topicals, rubs and oils) are women. The female demographic is using cannabis to ease a wide range of symptoms, including anxiety, PMS and nausea.
“They [women] use lower-dose edibles or CBD products (CBD does not have psychoactive effects) 42% more than men do. They’re also using it to replace potentially more harmful habits, like a form of harm reduction,” explained Shiravi.
Furthering the mounting evidence that attitudes surrounding marijuana are shifting, a recent Survey USA poll found that two out of three Americans want the Trump Administration to support state cannabis laws as states continue to eye the 2018 elections as a battleground for legalization. Despite Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ very public disapproval of cannabis, the momentum for ending the prohibition of cannabis seems to be gaining strength, putting President Trump in an awkward position as states look to keep the federal government out of cannabis enforcement.
During the Obama years, the former president found himself in an unusual role for a Democratic president: supporting state’s rights over federal oversight when it came to marijuana. As the public debate about cannabis changed during Obama’s years in office, he put in place guidelines, known as the Cole Memorandum, that would keep federal prosecutors from pursuing cannabis cases, opening the door for states to shape their own policies. With findings from Survey USA as well as another poll from Quinnipiac, the momentum surrounding cannabis legalization appears to have carried into the Trump era.
What’s the Trump Administration’s stance?
The new administration brings about significant complications despite the very clear opinion of Americans on the issue, with much of the complexity coming courtesy of Attorney General Sessions. Not only has Sessions said that he will push back against changes in cannabis law but he has even asked congress to allow him to undercut some of the protections against prosecution put into play by Obama. Although it was denied by congress, this would have allowed Sessions to specifically target medical marijuana providers despite state law and the Obama-era precedent.
Even with Sessions’ vehement opposition to state law, however, the trends outlined by Survey USA are very clear – even with age groups and demographics that overwhelmingly voted for Trump. When asked whether states should enact their own cannabis laws, 72% of those 65 and older said that they should while support peaked at 80% for those between 18 and 49. As for prosecuting cannabis consumers in states that allow it, only 12% of respondents thought this was a good idea, kneecapping the possibility of a public mandate for Sessions’ attempt at stringent cannabis enforcement.
What’s the stance of the American People?
Perhaps sensing the public sentiment on the issue, President Trump himself has been reluctant to publicly support Sessions’ point of view even while signaling the possibility of greater enforcement. Part of the hesitance to back his attorney general on cannabis enforcement seems to stem from Trump’s own words on the campaign trail, as he once stated that “I think it should be up to the states, absolutely.” This support for state’s rights on cannabis enforcement has inevitably prompted marijuana advocates to cite Trump’s own words against his administration, including California’s Lieutenant Governor, Gavin Newsom.
While Sessions looks to undermine the public opinion and current state laws, states are getting even more aggressive when it comes to pursuing their own marijuana laws leading up to the 2018 mid-term elections. Even deep red states like Utah and Oklahoma are set to put medical marijuana legalization on the ballot in 2018 while states like Florida, Arizona, Mississippi, Missouri and Nebraska – all states Trump won – are expected to vote on full legalization for recreational purposes during the next election cycle.
Although finding bipartisan support for any issue has proven difficult in the current political mood, a variety of recent surveys suggest that cannabis advocates are poised for a major breakthrough on the state level. While both red and blue states are pursuing approval of cannabis for both recreational purposes and medical use, federal lawmakers still in favor of the cannabis prohibition are finding their viewpoints increasingly estranged from popular opinion. Although it will likely still take time to fully change federal law when it comes to cannabis, even cannabis’ fiercest critics are struggling to find any public support for interfering with state laws.
Support for the legalization of marijuana is at an all time high according to the University of Chicago’s bi-annual 2016 General Social Survey. The most current attitude data shows 57 percent of Americans agree with the statement that “use of marijuana should be legal.” This agreement level has been creeping up from 52 percent in 2014. Similar support for legalization (high 50 percents to low 60 percents range) has been found last year in other general attitude surveys on the subject. Support for legalization is strongest among younger and more socially liberal people.
- Two-thirds of respondents 18 to 34 support legalization.
- A majority of people in the age range between 18 and 64 support legalization.
- The older the respondent the less likely they are to support legalization. Only 42 percent of those over 64 support legalization.
The majority of support for legalization is relatively new and seems to reflect new awareness of the benefits and lack of harm in the use of marijuana. Only nine years ago in 2008, only 40 percent of the youngest respondents and just over 21 percent of seniors supported legalization.
Support for legalization is rising among all political groupings but faster among more socially liberal groups.
- In 2000, 29 percent of democrats and a similar proportion of Republicans, 26 percent, supported legalization.
- In 2016, support for legalization was 60 percent among Democrats and only 40 percent among Republicans. Support has increased in both groups but more significantly among Democrats and Independents.
Marijuana use outside of legalization has always been a popular underground pastime in the United States. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), which still classifies marijuana use as “the most commonly used illicit drug,” estimates that 22.2 million people use marijuana every month (more men than women–and the gender gap is widening). Marijuana use is widespread among adolescents and young adults, the groups who most favor legalization. The law that criminalizes possession of small quantities of marijuana is rarely enforced. Criminal charges do affect the distribution system for the drug, making it significantly risky to sell or distribute marijuana in quantity.
On the other hand the lure of illegal marijuana use is attracting many. The anti-establishment persona, the culturally ingrained image of the marijuana smoker defying the establishment, has made the risk of using this fairly hard to get and legally dangerous substance often seem worth it.
Legalization of marijuana is probably inevitable in the United States. Canadian lawmakers have announced that formal legalization of marijuana recreational use in Canada will be implemented by July 2018, throughout the country. The District of Columbia and 29 states have legalized marijuana for medical use, based on evidence that marijuana has medical applications. These state governments have licensed legal dispensaries where a range of marijuana brands and styles can be purchased with a doctor’s prescription.
Recreational marijuana use was illegal in all states just five years ago. Since then the District of Columbia and eight states have been in the process of complete legalization. A licensed distribution network with marijuana dispensaries has been established. There are routine retail worries about the sale of marijuana, the marketing, promotions, growing, packaging, shipping, the same as any other product. States legalizing marijuana benefit substantially from taxes. Sales of marijuana, for recreational and medical uses currently tops around $6.6 billion. Projections are that the marijuana retail industry will be worth more than $24 billion by 2025.
Flies in the ointment
Although individual states have been declaring marijuana legal, it remains illegal under federal law. California legalized marijuana in 1996. However, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) repeatedly raided medical marijuana dispensaries, regardless of their state-wide legality for many years.
In 2013, a document called “The Cole Memorandum” (written by former deputy attorney general James Cole) instructed DEA agents to stop prosecuting individual marijuana users and retailers who were operating legally in their own states, and to focus on “containment and prevention.” In essence the memorandum directed federal agencies to refrain from clashing with statewide marijuana policy. Currently, many are worried that Jeff Sessions, the current Attorney General in the Trump administration, could re-direct the DEA to take a more hardline stance.
Cannabis users are almost guaranteed multiple orgasms, according to a new survey.
An annual study conducted by Match.com surveyed over 5000 singles, regardless of whether or not they’re members of the site. The 2016 data looked at people’s attitudes towards cannabis and how it affects their personal relationships and dating life.
“Match is exploring at a new type of relationship – the one between singles and weed,” the company says. “For the first time, a dating company is looking at marijuana and the role it plays with singles and dating.”
Insights from the study include:
Cannabis users have more orgasms: Singles who have smoked marijuana were 109 percent more likely to have experienced multiple orgasms. Cannabis has been used as an aphrodisiac for millennia, so it’s not surprising that couples who use cannabis are having better sex.
Cannabis users have an active single life: They were 58 percent more likely to have gone on a date in the past year, 44 percent more likely to be looking for a committed relationship, and 15 percent more likely to already have a partner.
Cannabis users are more likely to hook up: A cannabis enthusiast is 30 percent more likely to make out at the end of the night. There are cannabis products that can enhance arousal, not to mention strains of cannabis that enhance physical sensations. And since cannabis users are having multiple orgasms, they’re actively seeking out sexual activities.
Other insights from the study focus on cannabis as a factor in choosing a partner:
Cannabis users are picky: Cannabis users “are pickier about the type of person they date. They’re less likely to date someone who is unemployed, lives at home with their parents, is a virgin, and is messier than they are,” according to the survey.
Cannabis users are educated: Singles in support of ending cannabis prohibition are 65 percent more likely to have graduate degrees, employment and a healthy lifestyle.
Cannabis use is generational: Generation X was a product of the “Just Say No” campaign and it apparently worked. Both Baby Boomers and Millenials are more comfortable with marijuana, which indicates age is less of a factor.
Cannabis users are more likely to vote for Bernie Sanders: 76 percent more likely, in fact.
Alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs are more of a turn off than cannabis: When looking at habits, singles indicated that illegal drug use was the number one turn-off (90 percent) along with alcohol (78 percent) and tobacco (75 percent). Regular cannabis use came in at 70 percent, with gun ownership following at 34 percent.