33 Million American Adults Use Marijuana
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33 Million American Adults Use Marijuana
Posted by CN Staff on August 08, 2016 at 10:45:17 PT
By Christopher Ingraham 
Source: Washington Post
USA -- A new Gallup poll out today finds that percent of American adults who say they currently smoke marijuana has nearly doubled over the past three years.In 2013, only 7 percent of adults said they were marijuana smokers. When Gallup asked again in July of this year, 13 percent admitted to current marijuana use. That works out to more than 33 million adult marijuana users in the U.S. If America's marijuana users resided in one state, it would be bigger than Texas and second only to California in population.
There are currently about 40 million cigarette smokers in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Given that cigarette use is in decline, marijuana use could become more prevalent than cigarette use in just a few years' time.There are likely several factors driving these numbers. Since 2013, recreational marijuana markets opened in Colorado and Washington, and several other states voted to legalize marijuana in the fall 2014. It's likely that adults in those places are taking advantage of the new opportunities to indulge legally.Part of the rise may also be due to decreased social stigma surrounding marijuana use. National surveys show support for legal marijuana hovering in the 55 percent to 60 percent range. Certain legislators have called for restrictions on marijuana to be loosened at the federal level use or to legalize it completely.Recreational marijuana use remains illegal at the federal level and in most states. Police are arrested for possessing marijuana at record-high rates -- more than 1,700 per day, according to 2014 data from the FBI.Still, attitudes toward marijuana use have come a long way from the "this is your brain on drugs" era of the 1980s and '90s, when Ronald Reagan was calling marijuana "the most dangerous drug in the United States" and top law enforcement officials were publicly calling for marijuana smokers to be "taken out and shot."Much of this shift in attitudes could be due to lived experience. In the late 1960s, fewer than 5 percent of adults told Gallup they had ever smoked marijuana. Today that number is up to 43 percent. Regardless of whether they use it currently, nearly half of American adults now have first-hand experience using marijuana. Christopher Ingraham writes about politics, drug policy and all things data. He previously worked at the Brookings Institution and the Pew Research Center. Source: Washington Post (DC)Author:  Christopher Ingraham Published: August 8, 2016Copyright: 2016 Washington Post CompanyContact: letters Website: URL: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on August 08, 2016 at 18:54:26 PT
Much more to this short article...
"Much of this shift in attitudes could be due to lived experience."Actually, since cannabis has NEVER killed a person(!), the shift in attitude, (since article just mentioned CANCER STICKS), the shift in attitude could be due to DEATH EXPERIENCE. How many people have had cigarette smokers in their family die due to cig's, and have noticed none of their cannabis using family members have died?????????????????Caging Americans who use cannabis has always been a war against Americans, if more Americans decide to use cannabis, IN PART BECAUSE IT'S SAFER, then it becomes even more apparent (IF THIS SHIT CONTINUES) that cannabis prohibition is a war on Americans.Show Me a group who declares war on Americans and I'll show You an enemy.
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Comment #1 posted by Sam Adams on August 08, 2016 at 11:47:30 PT
going in circles
of course these surveys are just measuring the number of people who wish to tell researchers they smoke pot.  There is no tie to actual reality.What people are putting into their bodies will always be private and the laws should treat it that way.Wouldn't it be nice if the media maintained such a vigilant watch over how soon our cities will flood? Scientists say there are two separate pieces of the West Antarctic ice sheet that will fall off by 2100. Each broken piece will cause a 10-foot sea level rise over the ensuing 10 years.that's going to matter one hell of a lot more than how many humans are touching the cannabis plant.
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