Ben Shapiro on Marijuana Legalization

Given his conservative standing, it should be no surprise that Ben Shapiro on Marijuana Legalization  is a subject of interest to many. That said it is one that Ben Shapiro has changed his mind on over the years (which seems to be rare–as of 2019). He now supports the legalization of Marijuana, but not because “he thinks smoking weed is a good thing” holding to a traditional libertarian stance on the issue. In an extended discussion on the subject matter on the Joe Rogan Experience, Shapiro stated that he use to favor the criminalization of the drug but has shifted to a libertarian viewpoint because, among other things, he believes the “Government is bad at everything.” Asked about the potential regulations that should come from a de-criminalized version of weed, Ben said the following: 

Obviously I think you need age regulations. I think you have to ensure that the weird thing about decriminalization of marijuana is that this free price is so cheap that decriminalizing it to the point where it’s still not beneficial to buy it illegally is a little bit difficult. The reason I’m for decriminalization of marijuana by the way is not because I like marijuana I think people who smoke it are losers and it smells terrible and you’re wasting your brain cells. The reason that I’m in favor of decriminalization is because the government is terrible at everything and the and whatever level is a criminalization have taken place have done nothing to prevent the access to marijuana for young people. They have just done nothing. I mean when I was in junior high in public school Walter Reed middle school people were selling it on the playground.

Ben Shapiro’s Views On Weed Compared To Other Americans

Ben Shapiro’s shift in views on Marijuana Legalization are intriguing in that he mostly mirrors the general shift in American’s views on the subject. Sixty-five percent of Americans now think marijuana should be legal according to a CBS poll conducted between April 9th and April 14th which marks the highest favorability in polling history. Normally a red flag (having an outlier in a poll), these numbers find good company as they fall in line with numbers from Pew Research Center that showed that 62% of Americans support marijuana legalization.

Why this is compelling? One might forget, but if one goes back to polls in the early 2000s (and earlier) that occurred before the failures of the War on Drugs became evident, public sentiment was generally negative regarding the legalization of Marijuana. The trend that’s moving away from making weed illegal in the U.S. does appear to be blowback from the perceived failings of the aforementioned war on drugs. 

Shapiro Compared to Other Republicans

Republicans are divided, with 45% in favor of legalizing marijuana and 51% opposed. Nevertheless, the number of Republicans saying marijuana should be legal has increased from 39% in 2015. Independents who lean toward the Republican Party are far more likely than Republicans to favor marijuana legalization (59% vs. 45%). It should be noted that this is up, tremendously, compared to historical polling and even when compared to recent history. In 2005, a gallup poll showed that Republicans were overwhelming (77%) in their view that marijuana should be illegal. Meanwhile Ben seems to have crossed the philosophical barrier to legalization with other conservatives, as Pew proclaimed in 2013 that a majority (regardless of party) now believe that Marijuana should be legal

Marijuana Laws in Other Countries

The history of cannabis for medical and recreational use has been controversial for a very long period of time. The very useful color coded image below represents the legality of marijuana throughout the world. In the image, blue is legal, orange is illegal but decriminalized, pink is “technically” illegal but not enforced. Finally, red is where it is strictly illegal. It should be noted that the degree to which marijuana violations are enforced can vary widely depending on the country.  

Ben Shapiro global marijuana laws
As always, should we become aware that Ben has changed his opinion or should new evidence be submitted that we have either misconstrued his opinion or failed to include important statements from him, we will 1) make the correction, 2) note the correction here, 3) issue a mea culpa that attempts to explain and improve on how we missed this. 

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