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Politicians Should Try Drugs—and Honesty: New at Reason

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 9:25
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Donald Trump suggested drug testing before the last debate.

Windsor Mann writes:

This is a marvelous idea, if only because it would force candidates to be honest.

According to a recent Gallup survey, one in eight American adults say they smoke marijuana. This means that at least one in eight American adults are honest. The rest are either liars or nerds.

According to the survey, 13% of U.S. adults say they use marijuana regularly—up from 7% in 2013. Forty-three percent say they’ve tried it—up from 38% in 2013 and 4% in 1969.

Recreational marijuana use is more prevalent on the West Coast, where it is also more legal. Of the four states that have legalized it—Colorado, Washington, Alaska, and Oregon—three are on the West Coast and the fourth is in the Western part of the country. Fourteen percent of Westerners say they consume marijuana regularly; 47% say they have tried it. Both numbers are above the national average and trending in the right direction.

With increasing legal and social tolerance of marijuana comes increasing honesty about it. When certain activities are no longer criminal or taboo, people are more apt to admit to engaging in them.

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