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January 2014

Marijuana: We've Come a Long Way

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thumbs up image courtesy of mack2happy freedigitalphotosFor the first time since Gallup started tracking American public support for legalizing marijuana, the “ayes” have it. A clear majority (58%) say it’s time to make it legal.

The change in opinion has been slow, but steady. Back in 1969 when Americans were first asked where they stood on the subject, only 12% favored legalization. Support doubled in the 70s with 28% backing legalization, but then stabilized in the 80s and 90s until it began inching upward beginning in 2000. The country was equally divided in 2011, but two years later, the majority is in favor.

What’s behind the shift?

Hard to pin down; however, several factors could be at work.

  • The growing acceptance of medical marijuana as more scientists chime in and patients attest to the relief they’ve found could play a part.
  • The legalization of recreational use in both Colorado and Washington may be pushing Americans’ attitudes towards greater tolerance of the drug.
  • Social mores seem to be easing around the drug as high profile celebrities such as Bill Maher openly admit, “I have tried marijuana…about 50,000 times,” to which the audience responds with laughter and applause.
  • Government economies are need of cash infusions and they may be looking a bit enviously at the income both Colorado and Washington stand to make off the sales of marijuana in their states. Remember, lotteries were once taboo in the U.S. Now 43 states plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands operate them.

 What do you think is behind the jump in Gallup support for legalizing marijuana?

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Marijuana: We’ve Come a Long Way

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thumbs up image courtesy of mack2happy freedigitalphotosFor the first time since Gallup started tracking American public support for legalizing marijuana, the “ayes” have it. A clear majority (58%) say it’s time to make it legal.

The change in opinion has been slow, but steady. Back in 1969 when Americans were first asked where they stood on the subject, only 12% favored legalization. Support doubled in the 70s with 28% backing legalization, but then stabilized in the 80s and 90s until it began inching upward beginning in 2000. The country was equally divided in 2011, but two years later, the majority is in favor.

What’s behind the shift?

Hard to pin down; however, several factors could be at work.

  • The growing acceptance of medical marijuana as more scientists chime in and patients attest to the relief they’ve found could play a part.
  • The legalization of recreational use in both Colorado and Washington may be pushing Americans’ attitudes towards greater tolerance of the drug.
  • Social mores seem to be easing around the drug as high profile celebrities such as Bill Maher openly admit, “I have tried marijuana…about 50,000 times,” to which the audience responds with laughter and applause.
  • Government economies are need of cash infusions and they may be looking a bit enviously at the income both Colorado and Washington stand to make off the sales of marijuana in their states. Remember, lotteries were once taboo in the U.S. Now 43 states plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands operate them.

 What do you think is behind the jump in Gallup support for legalizing marijuana?

Leave your comments here.

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5 Ways Marijuana Sales in Colorado Are Giving New Meaning to the Word, “Green”

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image courtesy of gubgib greenGREEN RUSH. Move over history books. Expect a new entry behind the California Gold Rush.

THE GRASS IS GREENER. The grass may not be greener in Colorado but it is legal which makes it look a whole lot more attractive.

JOLLY GREEN GIANT. If sales keep going the way they are, Colorado may want to see if they can borrow General Mills’ mascot and rewrite the jingle to say, “In the mountains of the Jolly, ‘High, High, High,’ Green Giant.”

GREEN LIGHT. While Colorado (and Washington) voters gave the green light to recreational marijuana legalization, the rest of the country is stuck in red light mode. Who’s having more fun?

SEEING GREEN.Looks like a lot of folks in Colorado will be seeing green of either the organic type or the monetary type: recreational pot users, medical marijuana patients, dispensaries and government coffers. And until the banking system figures things out, that green is going to be in cash.

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Stay Informed (and Entertained) By Attending One of These 2014 Marijuana Events

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2014 photoWith so much changing in the marijuana industry, it’s more important than ever to stay informed. Plan to attend one of these upcoming events to stay in-the-know, network, and have some fun.

JANUARY

17-19

Hempcon

San Jose, CA

21-23

CHAMPS Trade Show

Las Vegas, NV

30-31

Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference

Ashland, OR

FEBRUARY

1

Northwest Canna Business  Symposium

Portland, OR

8-9

Cannabis Cup

Los Angeles, CA

MARCH

14-16

Spannabis Hemp Festival

Barcelona, Spain

APRIL

2

Canna Business Money Show

Boston, MA

4

Canna Business Money Show

Chicago, IL

4-6

The Joys of Hemp

Piscataway, NJ

5

Hash Bash

Ann Arbor, MI

7

Canna Business Money Show

San Francisco, C A

18-20

Hempcon

San Bernadino, CA

19-20

Cannabis Cup

Denver, CO

MAY

3-4

Nimbin MardiGrass

Nimbin, Australia

8-10

Eighth National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics

Portland, OR

13-15

CHAMPS Trade Show

Atlantic City, NJ

JUNE

21-22

Cannabis Cup

San Francisco, CA

JULY

18-20

Emerald Empire Hempfest

Eugene, OR

AUGUST

15-17

Seattle Hempfest

Seattle, OR

SEPTEMBER

6-7

Cannabis Cup

Seattle, OR

NOVEMBER

23-27

Cannabis Cup

Amsterdam

If you’ve attended any of these events in the past, leave your comments below and let our readers know which ones are worth checking out.

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It's High Time We Blog About the Marijuana Industry

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Here at Kush Bottles, we are in the business of making your life easier when it comes to packaging marijuana. From low prices to selection, we offer the best in the industry for safely and effectively storing marijuana.

So it makes sense that we also want to help you stay up-to-date on the issues and conversations concerning the legalization of marijuana in the United States. It’s a topic that hits close to home, for those of us with family or friends who suffer from conditions that benefit from medicinal marijuana, as well as hitting close to our bottom line, for those of us who work in the marijuana industry.

Through our blog, The Straight Dope on Dope, we plan to add to the conversation about legalizing marijuana. In that discussion we’ll include news updates, research, opinions, perspectives that will give you the tools to keep the conversation going in your neck of the woods.

People are starting to listen. In a recent Gallup poll, 58% of Americans said they approve of legalizing marijuana—the first time a majority have been in favor. Maybe they have a neighbor who swears that marijuana is the only thing that stops the nausea after chemo. Or maybe they’ve watched the PBS documentary on “The Science of Marijuana.”

Whatever the reason, we’re just glad to see that the shift in attitude is starting to take place and we’re here to keep things moving in that direction.