It's Hard To Oppose Marijuana Decriminalization After Watching This Video

It's no secret the tides are turning in support of marijuana, and Americans aged 18-29 are the most favorable toward legalization--with two thirds in support--a 22 point divergence from Americans 65 and older. But before we label the "kids these days" a bunch of lazy stoners, it should be noted that weed consumption is down. In fact, it's plummeted. According to Gallup, marijuana use among 18-29 year olds has fallen 20% since 1985. In other words, more young Americans are "just saying no" to drugs, but nevertheless saying yes to legalization. Why might this be?

As Steven details in this new video for Attn and Yahoo, ""we see people going to prison, we see overly militarized police....all the people in prison for non-violent marijuana offenses are just pulling out the tax dollars that we need for other things. [Many] kids with marijuana convictions can't get federal student aid so they can't go to college, they can't better themselves."  

The economic and medical evidence is already clear: in Colorado, where recreational marijuana is legal, there are an estimated 7,500 to 10,000 jobs created by the industry. Washington State, which also legalized recreational marijuana, is predicted to gain roughly $190 million in revenue over a four year period from marijuana production and sales, including the obligatory taxes and license fees. A new survey from California recently found that 92 percent of patients say marijuana alleviates their chronic pain, migraines, and arthritis. A recent study from JAMA Internal Medicine also found "there was about a 25% lower rate of prescription painkiller overdose deaths on average after implementation of a medical marijuana law" from 1999 to 2010.

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