Last week, the Canadian government released its plan to legalize marijuana by the nation’s birthday next year. If passed, it would make Canada the second country to fully legalize the substance following Uruguay. As a Canadian myself, I speak on behalf of all of us when I say we’re pretty excited. So excited, that I’d personally kiss Justin Trudeau right on the lips.
Obviously, around the world, looser attitudes on pot is putting pressure on policymakers to loosen up the laws regulating it, as we’ve seen over the last decade in America with recreational marijuana. In fact, attitudes are so loose now that, according to an eye-opening Yahoo News/Marist poll titled “Weed & the American Family”, parents and their adult-age kids now openly talk about smoking the illegal substance with each other. The people at DARE will be thrilled to hear this.
Poll results found that 60 percent of parents who occasionally use marijuana once or twice a year acknowledge that their children are aware of their use. In fact, the majority of these parents have confessed their marijuana use to their children directly. No shame, no secrets.
Understandably then, 72 percent of adult children felt comfortable enough to tell their parents of their own dalliances with the drug. Because of this growing and mutual understanding among Americans, families are more frequently smoking together. Nearly half—47 percent—of parents who smoke the ganja confessed they had either done so in front of their children or shared in the smoking experience. Likewise, more than 25 percent of adult children have consumed marijuana in front of their parents.
The poll continues that adults who’ve smoked marijuana are much less concerned about its effects and the prospect of their children doing the same. This statistic suggests that the more Americans open their minds to marijuana as a legitimate substance, the more people will consider recreational pot no more dangerous than alcohol.
What’s more, Yahoo’s survey found that 83 percent of Americans support federal medical marijuana legalization. However, they are much less emphatic about legalizing the substance for recreational purposes; only 49 percent approve; 47 percent disapprove.
While its recreational legalization is divided, the results revealed that Americans are more worried about their children smoking cigarettes than they are about consuming weed and alcohol, with 24 percent of Americans listing cigarettes as their top concern and 21 percent naming weed and alcohol. This could be attributed to the fact that 76 percent of Americans believe regular tobacco use to be a bigger health risk than regular marijuana use (18 percent) and alcohol (20 percent).
If nothing else, this large-scale survey has shown that marijuana use among Americans is becoming more mainstream. Based on whatever side of the fence you reside on, this is either really promising or the potential demise of civilization as we know it.