About Six-In-Ten Americans Support Marijuana Legalization

U.S. public opinion on legalizing marijuana, 1969-2018About six-in-ten Americans (62%) say the use of marijuana should be legalized, reflecting a steady increase over the past decade, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. The share of U.S. adults who support marijuana legalization is little changed from about a year ago – when 61% favored it – but it is double what it was in 2000 (31%).

The growth in public support for legal marijuana comes as a growing number of states have legalized the drug for medical or recreational purposes in recent years.

Nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized the drug for recreational purposes, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. More than half the states (31) – plus the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico – have legalized it for medical purposes. Marijuana remains illegal under U.S. federal law.

The list of states that have legalized marijuana could expand this November. Voters in Michigan and North Dakota will decide whether to allow recreational use, while those in Missouri and Utah will decide on medical use. In Utah, Gov. Gary Herbert announced this month that he would call a special session in November to debate a different medical marijuana proposal, regardless of how the ballot measure turns out.

As in the past, there are wide generational and partisan differences in views of marijuana legalization. Majorities of Millennials (74%), Gen Xers (63%) and Baby Boomers (54%) say the use of marijuana should be legal. Members of the Silent Generation continue to be the least supportive of legalization (39%), but they have become more supportive in the past year.

Nearly seven-in-ten Democrats (69%) say marijuana use should be legal, as do 75% of independents who lean toward the Democratic Party.

Republicans are divided, with 45% in favor of legalizing marijuana and 51% opposed. Still, the share of Republicans saying marijuana should be legal has increased from 39% in 2015. Independents who lean toward the Republican Party are far more likely than Republicans to favor marijuana legalization (59% vs. 45%).


Poll: Health Specialists Support Legalizing Cannabis

OREGON: Health professionals support the legalization of marijuana for both medical and recreational use, according to survey data compiled by MedScape.

Eighty-two percent of nurses, 82 percent of psychologists, 71 percent of pharmacists, and 67 percent of physicians agreed with the statement, “Medical marijuana should be legalized nationally.” Majorities in each profession also endorsed legalizing the adult use of marijuana.

A 2014 poll by WebMD/Medscape of 1,544 physicians previously reported that 67 percent of doctors believe that the plant should be a legal option for patients. The results of a 2013 survey conducted by the New England Journal of Medicine reported that 76 percent of physician respondents supported the use of cannabis for medical purposes.

For more information, contact Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: paul@norml.org.

MJIC Acquires Puff Pack

CALIFORNIA:  MJIC,  a leading provider of fully-licensed cannabis wholesale distribution, retail, compliance and supply chain solutions in California, has announced the acquisition of Puff Pack, an online, on-demand subscription service.

Puff Pack, currently based in Los Angeles, boasts a global clientele, with as many as 3,000 subscribers receiving monthly curated packages with the latest ancillary products.

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“MJIC is making significant progress on our ambitions to be California’s leading omni-channel operator, connecting every vertical in the cannabis and ancillary product supply chains. MJIC’s strategic acquisition of Puff Pack combines two successful businesses for the benefit of our customers and investors,” said Dmitry Gordeychev, MJIC’s Chief Operating Officer.

Puff Pack’s operations will be integrated into MJIC’s highly successful subsidiary Rolling Paper Depot, based in Phoenix, Arizona. MJIC believes that the operational support the Puff Pack business unit will receive as part of the Company’s broader ancillary platform will allow it to aggressively ramp up its subscriber base, generate significant revenue growth, and achieve considerable operational efficiencies.

“The RPD team is excited to welcome Puff Pack, whose highly successful subscription packages complement our existing product portfolio, which we believe will further strengthen our ability to provide a diverse and high-quality offering to our customers. I look forward to continued success in collaboration with Puff Pack’s management,” said Jarrod Smith, MJIC’s President of Unregulated Operations.

PRØHBTD And Entrepreneur To Highlight ‘Top 100 Cannabis Leaders’

CALIFORNIA: Entrepreneur Media and PRØHBTD have forged an exclusive partnership to identify and salute the entrepreneurs leading the way in the burgeoning cannabis industry. Selected by a private committee of business leaders, these daring individuals and the companies they run will be highlighted in the inaugural “Top 100 Cannabis Leaders” list, which will be featured in Entrepreneur magazine and online at GreenEntrepreneur.com, a new site that will focus on the business, technology and lifestyle aspects of this industry.

Anyone with knowledge of the cannabis industry is invited to nominate their favorite entrepreneurs and companies for inclusion on the list. The entry form can be found at: entrepreneur.com/top100-cannabis-leaders. Deadline for entries is June 15, 2018.

The announcement of the “Top 100 Cannabis Leaders” list acknowledges the rapid emergence, mainstreaming and expected growth of the cannabis industry, which is projected to be worth $75 billion annually by 2030. The selection process for the list will take into account cannabis entrepreneurs’ innovations in their respective categories, as well as the range of products and services they provide.

“Rarely does a new industry explode with the exponential success that the legal marijuana trade has experienced,” said Bill Shaw, president of Entrepreneur Media. “Entrepreneur is thrilled to be highlighting the pioneers who are leading and shaping this growing multibillion-dollar industry.”

Entrepreneur Media, the leading magazine and online destination for entrepreneurs, and PRØHBTD, the leading creative studio and largest multi-platform video network dedicated to cannabis, have a combined reach of more than 100 million people.

Drake Sutton-Shearer, CEO of PRØHBTD, said, “In order to mainstream cannabis, we need world-class partnerships to help educate decision-makers. By working with Entrepreneur Media, we can shine a light on the most innovative and exciting businesses and leaders among the more than 60,000 companies currently operating in the cannabis industry.”

Poll: Tobacco, Alcohol, Sugar Perceived As More Harmful To Health Than Marijuana

NEW YORK: Most Americans believe that consuming cannabis poses fewer harms to health than does the consumption of tobacco, alcohol, or sugar, according to the findings of a nationwide Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.

Respondents were asked which of the four substances they believed to be “most harmful to a person’s overall health.” Most respondents chose tobacco (41 percent), followed by alcohol (24 percent) and sugar (21 percent).

Only nine percent of those surveyed said that they believed that marijuana was most harmful to health. That percentage is nearly identical to the total reported by pollsters in 2014, the last time they surveyed the issue.

Sixty percent of respondents also acknowledged that they favored the passage of state laws permitting “adults to purchase small quantities of marijuana for their own personal use from regulated, state-licensed businesses.” That total is consistent with those of other recent polls finding that a strong majority of voters support legalizing and regulating adult marijuana use.

For more information, contact Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director, at (202) 483-5500.