A survey done among college students shows that more than 90% of them support the legalization of marijuana in New York State where the laws are in so much flux that one can’t tell which direction cannabis policy will take in a few weeks or months.
The survey involved more than 250 college students in the state. While it can be regarded as an unscientific survey due to its sampling method which encouraged respondents to pass on the questionnaire to their friends and associates (a snowball way of getting survey respondents), the findings are nevertheless reflective of the general sentiments of this demographic.
The survey, conducted by NewsHouse, confirmed that lots of students consume recreational marijuana on the sly, and many more have used cannabidiol (“CBD”) products at least once on their college campuses.
The students revealed that their primary reason for switching to recreational marijuana as their drug of choice is that its effects weren’t as bad as what they suffered after a night out taking alcohol.
Many of the students also said that they are interested in enrolling for courses on marijuana, and this isn’t surprising because many Empire State universities and colleges have seen the keen interest in such courses and therefore started offering them to interested students.
The divide between the college students and their parents was also highlighted during the survey. Many students intimated that they hid their recreational use of marijuana from their parents because the parents believed that once their kids smoked a single joint, the children would start down a slippery road to harder substances. To avoid arguments on the subject, the college students opted to keep their habit on the down low.
During his State of the State address delivered in January, Gov. Cuomo renewed calls for recreational marijuana to be legalized in New York State. His statements drew attention to the often polarized debate on marijuana which stalled last year and was due to resume this year but the COVID-19 outbreak changed the legislative priorities of the state lawmakers. At the end of last year, there was consensus that recreational marijuana should be decriminalized rather than going for full legalization.
New Yorkers now have to sit out another year before seeing recreational marijuana permitted in the state. If the college student survey results are anything to go by, analysts believe that the hopes of the entire cannabis industry, including players like SinglePoint, Inc. (OTCQB: SING), to see marijuana legalized from coast to coast will slowly be realized.
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