May 152014
 May 15, 2014

online gambling marijuanaSupport for cannabis law reform has been growing steadily since the 1970-s. Marijuana reform is more popular than President Obama, immigration reform and gun control. You can now add to that list the statement ‘marijuana legalization is more popular than online gambling reform.’ Cannabis commerce has certainly gone mainstream.

According to a Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Public Mind poll:

By a ratio of more than two-to-one, Americans say legalized marijuana (52%) is preferable to online gambling (20%). Moreover, trend data back to 2010 suggests attitudes toward the legalization of Internet gambling have remained relatively constant.

There are only three states currently permit online gambling (New Jersey, Delaware, and Nevada). There of course are only two states that currently have legalized marijuana, although Alaska will be voting to legalize marijuana in November, and Oregon has a great chance of joining Alaska on Election Day.

The poll also found that 86% of participants said they’ve ‘heard or read a lot or some about legalization, with the majority (58%) who express the most attentiveness.’ This is good news to members of the marijuana industry nationwide. For a long time marijuana was in the shadows. The more that people know and hear about marijuana legalization, the more acceptance will grow, and with it, business opportunities.

I’m curious to see if marijuana is legalized at the federal level before online gambling. It seems like a possibility, which isn’t something I don’t think anyone would have said ten years ago. Let’s give every state the chance to create the next American industry. Let’s take a new approach.

Source: Oregon Cannabis Industry Association

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About Anthony Johnson

Anthony Johnson is the director of New Approach Oregon, the PAC responsible for Measure 91, that ended cannabis prohibition for all Oregon adults in 2014. In addition to helping organize the International Cannabis Business Conference & the Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference, he also serves as a Board Member of the National Cannabis Coalition, working to legalize cannabis across the country and Show-Me Cannabis Regulation, an organization specifically working to end cannabis prohibition in Missouri.As President of the University of Missouri Law School ACLU Chapter, Anthony co-authored the measures that legalized medical cannabis possession and decriminalized personal possession for all adults within the city limits of Columbia, Missouri, in 2004. Following law school, Anthony practiced criminal defense for two years before working full time in the political field to help improve and protect civil liberties.You can follow Anthony on Twitter and also friend him on Facebook by following the links below as he posts mostly about civil liberties and politics with dashes of sports, music, movies and whatnot.
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  4 Responses to “Marijuana Legalization Is More Popular Than Online Gambling Reform”

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    The cost of enforcement pales in comparison to the social costs of repealing prohibition and increasing use/abuse

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      Your on a cannabis forum and trying to argue the merits of the continuing terrorism that the federal government launches upon its own citizens all for the smoking of a simple herb…have you ever even tried the substance you sit in judgement of, or are you metaphorically speaking out your ass about things that you are miss informed about?

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        Here’s some of the reasons I support prohibition. Try to refute with non-biased sources.

        1) I disagree that pot is already used by most who desire it. Legitimate studies, like RAND’s “Altered State” indicate that usage will increase upon legalization – partly driven by price which will fall with higher legal availability. Studies of high school students also indicate that legality would increase their likelihood of using it. (http://www'cbsnews'com/news/marijuana-legalization-may-lead-more-teens-to-smoke-pot/). And alcohol use during 1920s prohibition fell by 50%, not to recover until years after repeal; showing that legality highly influences demand. Finally, pot use has already been rising as controls become less strict and societal stigmas weaken, and there’s no reason to think there isn’t plenty of room for them to rise higher if it became legal.

        2) I disagree that there are 750,000 screwed-up american lives each year from arrest. First, that number includes multiple offenders and those arrested for large amounts and I have no problem with those groups suffering the consequences of their actions. But I’ve seen no data indicating the remaining simple-possession, first time offenders suffer any lasting consequences. Second, some of that taxpayer expense is recouped in fines collected from offenders, and the threat of arrest itself has a deterrent affect on use as I mention above. While I agree that tax revenue would increase, so would regulatory costs, dependency, healthcare, anti-drug, and other social costs which I believe outweigh the tax revenue (just as they do with alcohol and tobacco by a factor of ten). Yes MJ’s societal costs aren’t as high as those two, but I believe they will still be higher than their revenue.
        3) I’ve seen no reliable evidence that weed serves as a substitute for alcohol. In fact, DAWN data shows that the number of multi-drug ER admissions involving weed+alcohol has been on the increase nationwide as pot use has increased.

        4) Unfortunately, Portugal didn’t track drug usage prior to 2001 so there’s no way to compare usage stats. And Portugal has since tightened its drug laws – banning hemp seeds for example. Globally, overall drug use has been falling anyway for the last two decades.

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          Here’s a non biased source. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) list caffeine and cannabis at having the same dependency rate at 9%. If that’s the case, why isn’t it illegal as well? In fact, a few years back, Scientific American did an article about how caffeine, along with every other drug, had harmful effects on the brain after long term use. I’ve seen people go into caffeine withdrawals. It’s not safe for other people on the road, or for other people to be working with them if you look at it objectively. Also, nicotine is the highest on NIDA’s list for dependency rate. If you made cigarettes illegal tonight, you’d literally see anarchy on the streets when all the 2 pack a day smoker’s couldn’t get their fix around the corner. Similarly, if we look at the effects of sugar on the body and concern ourselves with how that relates to diseases such as diabetes, why are there seriously 50 fast food restaurants within a 5 mile radius of my house? There is a McDonald’s I could walk to in 5 minutes, a KFC I could walk to in 2 minutes, 4 different other McDonald’s restaurants I could drive to in 5 minutes, along with countless others along the way. Did you know you could go into diabetic coma? Around 1/3 of our country is obese, with 4% of those being morbidly obese. If we outlawed sugar like we should using the logic that if it’s bad for you, make it illegal, could you imagine the carnage as millions of sugar depraved lunatics search for their fix? The point is, prohibition of ANYTHING is bad. It creates a black market. If no physical objects were illegal, would there even be a black market. Prohibition is just dancing with two left feet, cutting of your nose to spite your face. And don’t even get me started that every restaurant and bar in town that serves alcohol actually has a parking lot in it, even though its illegal to drink and drive.

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