This week, we came across a very interesting news story that lends itself to our extensive election coverage. The story was titled “Will the Nevada marijuana vote bring out millennials?”
To quote weedworthy.com (yes, that’s the title of this website), “they are young, many of them have never voted before, and they may hold the outcome of the 2016 election in their hands – will millennials be drawn to the polls by marijuana legalization?”
Just to make it clear, we aren’t talking here about already legalized medical marijuana. We’re talking about recreational use.
According to a 2015 Pew Research Center poll, 68% of millennials are in favor of the legalization of marijuana. So, the notion that they will come out to vote in its favor in Nevada is not unfounded.
The news story we found originated at NBC Nightly News’ “Red, White and You” series, in which reporters interview millennials who are heading to voter registration sites. Why are they heading to voter registration sites? To ensure they can vote for Question 2 – or the proposed amendment that will make recreational marijuana legal in Nevada.
However, at least two of the millennials interviewed indicated that they either a) don’t know the party that Donald Trump is running under or b) will vote “for weed,” but won’t vote for President.
On one hand, it is great to see that millennials, regardless of the reason, are coming to vote. It shows that we are informed, we are reading up on the issues and – contrary to popular belief – we are not lazy. We care. We want our voices to be heard.
The other side is the following: I can’t help but shake my head at the fact that one of the millennials showing up to vote didn’t know which party was Trump’s party. It’s important to know all of the issues in your state, whether they’re related to weed or to background checks for gun purchases (which is the premise of Nevada’s Question 1).
Moral of the story (for both millennials and non-millennials alike): before you head to the polls on November 8, make certain you know whom and what you’re voting for.
Disclaimer: The political views presented in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of Not Another Millennial Blog.