Allen St. Pierre, who is executive director of the pro-legalization group NormL, broke down 5 reasons why “marijuana is moving from the 10% support level, when NormL was founded in 1970, to, according to Gallup last week, 58% support.”
First, said St. Pierre, “Baby Boomers are driving the reform for marijuana because they have a first or second-hand experience with it. They’re in control of the media, business, government, and they’re in favor of reform.”
Second, he cited the economy. “We’re in the sixth or seventh year of a crushing recession, particularly at the local and state level and there’s no doubt that if you’ve got nursing homes and bridges falling apart and kids that need education, it is hard to justify arresting and prosecuting incarcerating someone for marijuana.” Find out the remaining reasons in the clip below.
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From <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/12/22/sandra-bland-family-non-indictment/" target="_blank"><strong>Sandra Bland</strong></a> to the shootings in <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/06/20/why-is-south-carolina-using-a-judge-in-the-charleston-church-massacre-who-has-used-the-n-word-before/" target="_blank">Charleston, South Carolina</a>, African Americans were sadly reminded that being <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/12/13/police-brutality-2015/" target="_blank">Black in America</a> is much harder than it ought to be. And yet in the same breath, 2015 was a year of Black joy during which our culture dominated not only in our lives, but in the mainstream consciousness. From <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/07/16/lee-daniels-and-taraji-p-henson-emmy-empire/" target="_blank">Cookie Lyons</a> to the <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/10/17/ebony-editor-comments-cosby-cover/" target="_blank">Cosby <em>Ebony </em>cover</a>, our brilliance helped to push the conversation, affirm our greatness, make history and most important, make us laugh.
So to celebrate that greatness, we put together this list of the most defining Black pop culture moments of 2015. And don’t worry: <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/12/08/rachel-dolezal-interview/" target="_blank">Rachel Dolezal </a>is nowhere to be seen.