There are plenty of issues that a person could point to to show that the US isn’t very quick to adopt change. For nearly a century of the country’s history slavery existed, and it took a brutal war to finally end it. Then, it took another century for the country to adopt federal laws that protected African Americans equally, and one could easily argue that there’s still a great deal of ground to cover on that issue. There are plenty of other examples that highlight that often times American society is slow to change, and it often takes a momentous moment to finally get things going in the right direction.
However, recently various social issues have been moving much quicker. Perhaps some of this has to do with how many people are now living in cities and experiencing diversity. Or, the speed at which social issues are progressing might be due to the rise of the Internet and technological advances that make it much easier to share information. Whatever the causes might be, and it’s likely a mix of several of them, the fact remains that a handful of social issues have really made a great deal of progress recently in a short period of time. Gay marriage is an easy one to point to. In the matter of a few years, a majority of Americans went from being against to being totally and fully in favor of it. The Supreme Court followed suit, and now it’s the law of the land.
The same thing could be said for marijuana legalization. It wasn’t more than a few years ago that a large majority of Americans were against legalization in any form. Today, more than half of the states in the country have approved the legalization of either medical or recreational cannabis, and judging by opinion polls in other states that number is likely to grow in a short period of time. What happened here? Well, as more and more states started to legalize marijuana in different ways, people started to see, hear, read, and learn more about it. Since they had more information about the plant and what consumption looked like, most people came to realize that it wasn’t what they thought it was. They learned that many ailments can be treated or managed with marijuana use, and they learned that consumption of marijuana doesn’t impair the senses in the way that they thought it did. In short, they became more aware and educated about the plant, and in turn most people became more tolerant to it.
This trend to tolerance of marijuana is only going to grow, so you can expect to see more and more recreational marijuana dispensaries popping up all over the country. Now that the wheels have been put in motion, it’s only a matter of time. This, of course, is great news to dispensaries like Boulder Wellness Center, for they know that their business is going to be around for years and years to come.