Social Mood Conference | Socionomics Foundation

May 15, 2019

After 11 years in the U.S. Army, including studies at the U.S. Military Academy and combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, Tye Reedy retired as a Major. But after going to work for a cannabis company, he was stripped of his job as a part-time academy liaison officer.

Now, Reedy can’t finish the 20 years of service he needs to earn his military pension. The academy determined that his job in the cannabis industry brings “discredit upon the U.S. Military Academy and the Army.”

Negative mood during the Great Recession helped marijuana advocates ramp up momentum and infrastructure. The drug is now legal for medical use in 33 states and for recreational use in 10. But advocates have been unable to win the grand prize of their crusade: legalization at the federal level—a situation that is unlikely to change while social mood remains mostly positive.

History shows that social mood governs society’s tolerance for recreational drugs.

To find out more, read “The Coming Collapse of the Marijuana Prohibition.”


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