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how popular is marijuana in the united states?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    MARIJUANA is very popular in United States - Read the details.

    Eleven states in the United States passed laws allowing cannabis possession and consumption for medical purposes; however, the Supreme Court of the United States in Gonzales v. Raich ruled that the listing of cannabis as a Schedule I controlled substance was constitutional, and that possession for any reason other than approved medical research was therefore illegal under federal law. This remained consistent with their ruling in United States v. Oakland Cannabis Buyers Cooperative, an 8-0 decision stating that there is no exception as a Schedule I drug for people to use cannabis for medical purposes. This creates an interesting tension between state and federal laws.

    Some local and state governments have either partially decriminalized the possession of small amounts of cannabis, or simply advised local authorities to limit enforcement of controlled substance laws to more serious offenses. A 2005 initiative in Denver, Colorado, for instance, repealed municipal penalties for possession of less than one ounce of cannabis by adults twenty-one and older, though Colorado state and federal penalties remain in effect. A 2006 advisory policy adopted by the city of West Hollywood, California holds that the city's contracted law enforcement agency, the Los Angeles County Sheriff, should not target simple possession or private consumption of cannabis by adults within the city. With the 1975 Ravin v. State decision, the Alaska Supreme Court declared the state's anti-drug law unconstitutional with respect to simple possession of cannabis, holding that the right to privacy guaranteed by the Alaska state constitution outweighed the state's public health interest in banning the drug. A new law attempting to reinstate state penalties in connection with cannabis was signed into law June 2, 2006; possession of up to four ounces was to be punishable as a misdemeanor.The legislative effort faces a judicial challenge, however; see Decriminalization and legalization, below.

    A 1998 study by pro-legalization lobby NORML estimated cannabis to be the largest cash crop in several non-Midwestern states, and the fourth largest cash crop nationwide.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It is popular but well hidden.

    We even grow lots of it.

    I was on vacation in northern california, and took a short cut through the mountains (from the ocean to inland) to try and get home quicker. We drove over the mountains through some desolate areas of brush and trees for about 3 hours (so much for the short cut, my mistake). We saw tons of marijuana plants growing all over the hillsides and right off the edge of the road.

    There was no buildings around and no facilities. My sister in law had to take a leak. Imagine how she felt when she had to get out of the car and go into the field.

    Belive me when I say that men with guns watch these fields. They are paid big money to do so. Try going out and taking some?

    I saw so much of the stuff that afternoon that it was mind boggling. If that much can be grown there how much more is being grown around the US? Lots I bet.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Very popular. But there's problems with the government. The federal government made it illegal but in certain states like California, it is legal to have marijuana if you have a Cannabis card. A cannabis card means you take marijuana medicinally. So, the state governments and the federal government are battling it out basically.

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  • 3 years ago

    they'd desire to legalize marijuana for each and all the excuses pronounced. The tax revenues could be exceptional for the government. Legalizing it may additionally help the main cancers, AIDS, and the different myriad of ailments that marijuana helps administration (migraines, loss of urge for nutrition, and so on). It replaced into criminal up till the 1930 Marijuana Tax Act which made it unlawful and while the government started the marketing campaign with reference to the "evils" of this organic drug. The chinese language (between MANY different cultures) have used a style of hashish for the final 5000 years for various aliments. As for the "makes human beings lazy" argument, that's no longer real. i for my area understand of a few distinctive people who it effects somewhat oppositely. If the guy is predisposed to laziness then they are going to be in simple terms as lazy with the medicine as with out. with any luck, while Gil Kerlikowske will become our new drug czar he will help to make this happen.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Well in my opinion .....if our government outlawed alcohol and legalized marijuana. We would have no more deficit in the federal budget and there would no more Drunk Driving accidents. z

    Not many people I know have caused deadly accidents because they were smoking the "green".

    If pot was legal of course our government would put an obnoxious tax on it and I do believe that enough Americans smoke it , our deficit would be nonexistent!!

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  • 1 decade ago

    Really pupular. From young to old. Especially popular in California.

    Many of the 30 and up crowd, just don't talk about it.

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  • 1 decade ago

    it depends on the region. in my area of southwest colorado, people love to get high. all over the west coast as well.

    i would say that probably 20 percent of the u.s. smokes weed,

    and 60 percent have tried it.

    ganja free

    vote yes on Colorado amendment 44

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  • 1 decade ago

    Just as popular as in every other country...

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Just slightly less popular than sex

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    About the same as ice cream,and soda pop.

    Source(s): Free Thinking
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