The Hundredth Monkey Theory: Have We Reached Critical Mass?

A majority of Americans believe that cannabis has medicinal use, so why are some states slow to catch on, and have we reached the tipping point in prohibition?

By Sam Sabzehzar  |  August 9th, 2011

The Hundredth Monkey Theory suggests once the idea is shared with a certain number of minds in a group, others in the group can tap into the idea without being taught that particular idea.

Most people are well aware of the fact that the cannabis plant has medicinal properties, but the general public is completely unaware of the science behind why that is.

This is largely attributed to prohibition and the necessary rhetoric decades of lies entails, beginning pre-internet however, where framing could be maintained.

No longer can blatant lies and media manipulation handle the availability of accurate information in real time: the modern “B.S.” button where anyone with a smartphone can call out the liar in a matter of moments.

As fax machine users needed another person with a fax machine to be useful, which eventually hit a critical mass and everyone had them, so too has the virtual world where a company’s Facebook account is more interactive with their customers than their website.

Now that this B.S. button is in everyone’s pocket or purse, have we reached the tipping point? Have we reached critical mass where policy will be adjusted to reflect the science that is available rather than the lies that has persisted throughout prohibition?

If we haven’t reached the hundredth monkey yet, we’re definitely close.

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