COLORADO: The upcoming national elections in 2016 are going to feature a plethora of keynote issues. National security, job and wage growth, and immigration are all hot button issues set to take center stage. But, a few years from now, we may be discussing 2016 as the year marijuana dominated national- and state-level debates.
The marijuana legalization movement has been gaining steam at an unprecedented pace. What was once a concept that commanded just a 25% favorable rating in Gallup’s nationwide polls in the mid-1990s is now one viewed favorably by a slim majority in pretty much all national polls. If we look strictly at legalizing marijuana for medical use, the favorable rating is unequivocally higher, according to various independent state-level studies.
How marijuana has evolved
What’s changed in the past two decades? First, we’re beginning to see some of the potential benefits of medical marijuana. Clinical studies have demonstrated that marijuana and the cannabinoids that are its active ingredients may have symptom-lessening or curative effects on epilepsy, certain types of cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and even type 2 diabetes, just to mention a few ailments.