How Popular Is Marijuana
If you have been following the marijuana fight for legalization for a while, then I am sure you can remember back to when the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement Act was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives back in December 2020. For all of us cannabis lovers, it was one massive step forward in a slow crawl that has taken us decades to make progress with. Furthermore, the idea that many people who were incarcerated for having small amounts of weed years ago will finally be released from prison and will be able to re-enter society in peace. Why not celebrate by smoking a few bowls while you’re at it? In addition to all this, it gave us a brighter hope for the future of weed legalization in the United States. We are now able to see the light at the end of the tunnel; hopefully by the end of this decade, we will finally be able to witness weed being legalized on a federal level. Though some states, like Texas and Idaho, are being very stubborn with their cannabis policies, we know that over 30 states have taken the steps to have their own marijuana program and are seeing the great benefits for their citizens and for tax purposes.
There is also no doubt that the Covid-19 created a lot of problems for people in all levels of our society. For citizens of the United States, we saw a huge increase in the demand for marijuana. One of the reasons for this is because of the staggering amount of stress and anxiety that people were experiencing while living in the unknown. Many people did not know if they were going to be able to pay their bills, keep their job, or support their kids. Furthermore, many people were stuck at home and worked remotely and did not have very good coping mechanisms for their stress while working from home.
With all that being said, it makes sense that individuals were looking into marijuana a bit more seriously to manage their stress and depression and improve their mental health in the midst of the pandemic. Also, we know that the pandemic made things very hard for government agencies on a state and federal level. Due to the healthcare and infrastructural costs of the pandemic, it is safe to say that the U.S. government agencies lost billions of dollars because of the pandemic. One way that states can increase their tax revenue is through the marijuana industry. I have already talked about it a lot, but cannabis is an extremely lucrative industry, and states that are willing to legalize marijuana programs and a tax base for it are absolutely raking in the tax dollars at this point. Plus, some states that legalized recreational marijuana no longer tax the medical marijuana industry, which is great because it keeps costs of medical marijuana lower for people who really need it.
We are also happy to say that over half of the United States have legalized medical cannabis in 2021. Beyond having weed become more and more acceptable with every state that joins the legalized community, it is also harder for the federal lawmakers to deny the benefits of medical marijuana. In addition to this, many of the ploys and reasons that lawmakers give to deny the use of medical marijuana are not a reality in state cannabis programs. I firmly believe that, if enough states can jump on board with the medical marijuana programs, we can see weed legalized on a federal level very soon. We are closer than we ever have, and I think we will continue to make progress over the next 10 years.