Poll: 85% of Grandparents Favor Legalization of Marijuana

Grandparents, those members of society who’ve had the most time to accumulate knowledge, experience and wisdom, overwhelmingly favor the legalization of marijuana, according to a new poll.

GRAND Magazine, which calls itself “the only magazine for today’s grandparents,” on Thursday released the results from a poll question which appeared in their March/April issue: Is it time to legalize marijuana? A whopping 85 percent responded that yes, pot should be legalized.
Even readers who don’t use cannabis themselves argued that it is hypocritical to outlaw pot when cigarettes, alcohol and fatty foods are legal, but account for so many health issues and deaths.
They pointed out that cannabis is used to treat symptoms such as pain and nausea, and that in some states it is legal for dispensaries to sell medical marijuana.
Additionally, respondents indicated that the billions of tax dollars that are spent in the United States on policing and courts related to marijuana enforcement could be better spent on schools or infrastructure.
Grandparents who are part of the Baby Boomer generation (born from 1946 to 1964, according to the U.S. Census Bureau) have a unique perspective on marijuana, having come of age during a time when cannabis use became mainstream. Twenty-first century grandparents are a group with a significant influence on the country’s youth, as they are the primary caregivers for more than six million children, according to the Census Bureau.
In fact, about 75 percent of all non-parental care of children is provided by a grandparent, representing a large shift in family dynamics. Now it seems that as they guide and influence new generations, older people view marijuana as a harmless indulgence rather than the gateway to a lifetime of drug addiction.
“I am a grandparent strongly in favor of decriminalization,” commented D.W. of Guysville, Ohio. “I would much rather my grandkids smoke pot than use cigarettes or alcohol. I expect I will need cannabis for my health soon and don’t want (it) to be illegal. The whole charade needs to stop; we are blowing far too much money on the drug war and have no positive results to show for it. The whole approach is counterproductive.”
To visit the page in GRAND Magazine’s March/April online edition with the reader poll that asks, “Is it time to legalize marijuana?” click here.

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