More and more Americans are tired of getting drunk as fuck.
In fact, according to a recent poll, Americans think it would be preferable if individuals started using weed instead of alcohol. This not only indicates a paradigm shift but also suggests a tepid acceptance of the harm reduction philosophy.
That is a victory in and of itself, given the frequently held (erroneous) belief that harm reduction encourages substance use. However, when asked in the YouGov survey, 27% thought that it would be desirable if individuals used more cannabis instead of alcohol, while 20% disagreed. But the majority of respondents (38%) indicated it would be neither good nor harmful, and another 15% said they weren’t sure.
Would it be good or bad if the average American drank less alcohol and used more marijuana?
— YouGov America (@YouGovAmerica) February 28, 2022
Cannabis supporters have been quick to point out that drinking alcohol frequently results in long-term health problems and can even result in death from alcohol poisoning. Contrarily, according to federal authorities, no deaths have ever been solely ascribed to a cannabis overdose, and research has proven that a number of medical illnesses can benefit from the plant’s ingredients.
According to the poll’s demographic breakdown, which featured interviews with 10,412 Americans on February 28 2022, Democrats were more likely to agree that switching from alcohol to marijuana would be beneficial (34%) than Republicans (18%) and independents (27 percent).
The majority of respondents (34%) who felt cannabis replacement would be beneficial were between the ages of 30 and 44, while only 17% of those 65 and older agreed. Regardless of what the general public thinks, it seems that states with adult-use cannabis laws are gradually observing a stronger trend in cannabis sales. For instance, according to state figures released this month, Massachusetts now formally receives more tax income from marijuana than alcohol. The state of Illinois also saw cannabis revenues surpass alcohol taxes for the first time last year, with adult-use marijuana expected to bring in approximately $100 million more for the state in 2021 than alcohol.
Moreover, a separate 2019 investigation discovered that after the legalization of cannabis in adjacent Washington State, drunk driving accidents in Idaho reduced.
In the US, the tendency is gradually shifting away from alcohol and toward plants. Perhaps, as a result, Americans will also stop acting like sanctimonious fools. Only time will tell.
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