Well, it’s happened. They went and legalized medical marijuana in Utah in 2018 and now, two out of three residents of the Beehive State want to legalize marijuana for everyone.
According to new polling released Tuesday by the U.S. Cannabis Council, 66 percent of Utahns surveyed “support federal cannabis legalization generally.” Support was higher among voters surveyed in West Virginia (70 percent) and Arizona (72 percent), two more traditionally conservative states.
It’s becoming difficult to find anyone anywhere who supports continuing adult marijuana prohibition. Recent surveys by Pew Research show only 8 percent of Americans support an absolute marijuana prohibition like Idaho’s. According to Quinnipiac University, even people over age 65, the last holdouts against legalization, now support it by 51 percent.
One would think that the devastating effects of legalizing medical marijuana predicted by people like Idaho State Sen. C. Scott Grow would manifest in the people of Utah rejecting calls for marijuana legalization. Yet, in state after state, both red and blue, voters and legislatures are legalizing medical marijuana and then going on to legalize recreational marijuana.
That’s because the predictions never pan out. Medical marijuana gets legalized and the state goes on. Businesses and jobs get created and patients begin shopping and growing. States make money on taxes, licenses, and fees. Nothing else changes much.
Some of those states then realize that nothing else would change much if they just expanded “medical” to mean “everybody” and dispense with the cards and conditions, aside from raising even more revenue and creating more jobs and businesses.