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Why Marijuana May Determine The Way Millennials Vote In 2016

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Marijuana isn’t just becoming a priority for growers and cannabusinesses anymore. It’s becoming a growing issue for politicians. Republicans and Democrats alike are seriously reconsidering their stance on marijuana, and as the 2016 elections get nearer, polls are showing that the subject will be on the minds of a number of generations in this country. One surprising new finding is how Millennials who identify themselves as Republicans feel about he drug.

According to numbers by the Pew Research Center, almost two-thirds of Millennial Republicans support legalizing marijuana, while almost half of older GOP Gen-Xers do. The survey was published late last week and shows a 14 percentage point gap between Republicans and Democrats under the age of 34, with six-in-10 Republican Millennials saying they favor legalizing cannabis. Seventy-seven percent of Democrats in the same age group felt the same way.

For people 35 to 50, there was that same 14 percentage point gap between Republicans and Democrats, but in that age group, 47 percent of Republicans favored legalization, as opposed to 61 percent of Democrats.

The fine people at Pew put it well when they stated: “The debate over marijuana also comes ahead of the 2016 presidential election, when both political parties are fighting over the coveted Millennial vote as this group of eligible voters swells in size, even if its members do not consistently show up on Election Day.”

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Richard Lowe

Richard Lowe is a 14-year veteran of the financial sector with licenses as a commodity broker (Series 3) and investment advisor representative (IAR Series 65). Along with a focus on raising capital for the firms he was employed with, he also wrote and edited much of the content published by them. He holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts. He has been a longtime advocate for marijuana legalization due to the social injustices associated with marijuana prohibition and the strong potential for the medicinal benefits of cannabis.

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