Some states allow marijuana to be used to treat conditions, such as glaucoma, seizures, and post traumatic stress disorder. But the recreational use of the drug is still banned under federal law, and the U.S. government has said it considers marijuana a drug of no accepted medical use and a gateway to other illegal drugs.
But the United States may be moving toward loosening its stance on marijuana. A study published last month in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence found that most Americans are in favor of relaxing pot restrictions for medical reasons.
Of those who participated in the survey, 75 percent supported legalizing marijuana for medical use. About 18 percent said they were “strongly in favor” of loosening the restrictions.
But it’s important to note that while the survey was very encouraging, it only represents the views of individuals, so the number could well be a drop in the bucket. It was done online, and respondents were not given proper anonymity. It could also be that many of the same respondents would agree to a medical marijuana program on a state-by-state basis — which is what the federal government is proposing in the first place, this way, those who need marijuana for medical purposes can have access to websites like i49.net/oklahoma, in order to obtain their products.
In the end, a major problem with this survey is that it was conducted by Google Consumer Surveys, which tends to give more favorable responses to marijuana legalization efforts than other organizations. In a statement, the company’s CEO, Joseph Uscinski, said that “we can assure you that Google Surveys will not allow the survey to be published on any Google websites or in any Google-controlled formats.” So that means that we are unlikely to get a true reflection of opinion on the issue by Google.
But it is interesting to note that if Google really is serious about being more responsible in its research, it could publish a survey of public opinion in five states and more than 90 different countries around the world.
So why isn’t Google doing this? Well, one reason is that Google, as a company, doesn’t want to be seen as a marijuana legalization advocate, but at the same time the cannabis industry is growing in minutes ! There are many medical dispensaries where people get their prescription as anxiety remedies, pain and many more.
Another reason, which I think is probably more significant, is that Google does not really believe in doing science. This has been a very consistent refrain from Google executives for some time.
Google was one of the first corporate giants to speak out against legalization. This is not a coincidence. Google’s position has remained steady since 2004, when it issued its first statement: “Marijuana use should be controlled and taxed similarly to alcohol and tobacco.” Google executives have argued that legalization would increase crime, since people would become more desperate for money and more violent. This concern has been an interesting debate in Washington state, where legislators are in the process of drafting a cannabis legalization law that would create a system of state-licensed growers, distributors, and retailers. Google has been silent about the issue on the issue, since the company believes it would be bad for its business interests to get involved. It’s not hard to imagine the financial consequences if cannabis legalization was enacted. This past summer, the company signed a lease for a new facility in Los Angeles. This is a project that it should be very excited about, especially since it involves a new market for its core product: Adore Me.