On May 23, 2018, we published revised versions of our Privacy Policy and User Agreements. Please read these updated terms and take some time to understand them. Your use of our services is subject to these revised terms.
Yes, I Agree.

Does Marijuana’s Move to Mainstream Status Mean Shedding its Counterculture Reputation?

Not that many years ago, if marijuana was discussed in mixed company, it was only talked about in hushed tones, coupled with furtive glances. The “devil’s lettuce” had its fans, of course, but for most folks the topic conjured up images of Hollywood movies characterizing users as stoners who did nothing but smoke weed 24/7 and get in lots of trouble.

Fast forward to 2017. Not only is marijuana, or cannabis, discussed around the dinner table in many homes, it’s a topic for investors and in boardrooms as it gains traction as a viable business venture.

No fewer than 29 states in the U.S. have passed laws allowing physicians to prescribe medical marijuana for their patients. Voters in eight of those states and the District of Columbia also approved laws legalizing marijuana for recreational use, which means even more startups are searching for a way to slice off a piece of the estimated $7.2 billion pot market.

This once fringe, cannabis-loving lifestyle has moved mainstream, and there’s plenty of proof to show it’s going to stay in the spotlight. Public support for making marijuana legal has reached 60 percent, according to an October 2016 Gallup poll. When Gallup first asked this question in 1969, only 12 percent of Americans thought it was a good idea.

With this surge in support and a natural curiosity about the political, legal and cultural ramifications of legalized marijuana, the topic is ripe for the front page. News giants like NPR, The New York Times, Forbes, the Washington Post and TIME Magazine (http://time.com/tag/marijuana/), along with hundreds of other publications, are assigning journalists to report on marijuana and its seemingly unstoppable march toward full legalization throughout the U.S.

Hollywood’s depiction of marijuana use likely won’t change that much from 1978’s “Up in Smoke” classic starring Cheech and Chong, but the plant’s reputation is certainly morphing into something that even your grandmother might find useful when faced with the aches and pains of old age.

More from CannabisNewsWire

About CannabisNewsWire

CannabisNewsWire (CNW) is an information service that provides (1) access to our news aggregation and syndication servers, (2) CannabisNewsBreaks that summarize corporate news and information, (3) enhanced press release services, (4) social media distribution and optimization services, and (5) a full array of corporate communication solutions. As a multifaceted financial news and content distribution company with an extensive team of contributing journalists and writers, CNW is uniquely positioned to best serve private and public companies that desire to reach a wide audience of investors, consumers, journalists and the general public. CNW has an ever-growing distribution network of more than 5,000 key syndication outlets across the country. By cutting through the overload of information in today’s market, CNW brings its clients unparalleled visibility, recognition and brand awareness. CNW is where news, content and information converge.

CannabisNewsWire (CNW)
Denver, CO
www.CannabisNewsWire.com
303.498.7722 Office
Editor@CannabisNewsWire.com

Please see full terms of use and disclaimers on the CannabisNewsWire website applicable to all content provided by CNW, wherever published or re-published: http://CNW.fm/Disclaimer

Archives

Select A Month

Official NewsWire Relationships

Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference Cannabis Business Summit & Expo 2019 Cannabis Drinks Expo MjMicro Conference New England Cannabis Network O'Cannabiz Conference & Expo

CannabisNewsWire Currently Accepts

Bitcoin

Bitcoin

Bitcoin Cash

Bitcoin Cash

Ethereum

Ethereum

Litecoin

Litecoin

USD Coin

USD Coin

Contact us: 303.498.7722