How networks disperse ideas: Marijuana Legalization in PA

Today at 2 PM Eastern Time, Senator Daylin Leach announced to media via conference aired on PCN+ (Pennsylvania Cable Network) his plan to submit a bill before the Pennsylvania State Congress proposing the legalization and regulation of marijuana. The proposed legislation if passed will make Pennsylvania the third state in the country to legalize marijuana, and it is in this fact that the theory of networks proves resourceful. Over the course of his presentation Sen. Leach drew comparisons of Pennsylvania’s steps towards a changed ideology with the precedents set by both Colorado and Washington State. If we were to assume that before these new precedents, the complete State graph was balanced with negative connections as edges, we have to then assume that the network has been altered as a positive connection has formed between Colorado and Washington and in effect created a network with two varying groups, those that oppose and those that support marijuana legalization. As some nodes in the networks within each state begin to create ties with the ideology of the group that supports legalization, weak ties will form amongst nodes sharing strong ties with common nodes, which was not possible before Colorado and Washington State passed their laws because there was not an important gatekeeping node to connect them. The weak ties eventually turn to strong ties for nodes within the same state network while the edges connecting them establish a positive relation. The now connected nodes will influence their state to join the group supporting the legalization of Marijuana whether it be Pennsylvania or any other state.

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