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How Many Americans Have Consumed Marijuana?

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how many americans have smoked marijuana?A recently-released Pew Research Center survey has found that 48% of adults have tried marijuana in their life, up from 40% just three years ago. 12% have consumed marijuana within the past year.

Among that group, 47% stated that they consumed cannabis for recreational purposes, compared with 30% who cited a medical reason for its usage -  23% stated that they consumed marijuana for both medicinal and recreational purposes.

More than half – 56% – of young adults (under 30) say they’ve tried marijuana, and 27% say they’ve smoked it in the past year — by far the highest percentage in any age category.

51% of those aged 30 to 49 and 54% of those aged 50 to 64 have tried marijuana. The number is just 22% for those aged 65 and older.

A survey released by the Pew Research Center in April found that 52% of Americans support the legalization of marijuana.

Source: The Joint Blog

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  1. I am working in a small construction crew of 10 people, male and female, and we are from 5 different states. Of these 10 people, age ranging from 25 to 60, there are 9 that admits to have at least tried it several times when young, 2 that had medical cards in two different states, 1 to admit getting cought with 2 lbs one time, 3 to admit to using for over 20 years in the past, and no one that is against it being legalized. The reason i am leaving out the 10th guy in our crew is cause nobody has yet asked him his opinion. But by him being so friendly, nice, and a very good worker my vote is he is cool too. Time will probbly tell. But from my 10 people its 90%.

  2. Aaron Mason on

    The only thing dangerous about marijuana is prohibition. Prohibition is nothing more than welfare for law enforcement. It funnels all profits directly to cartels and street gangs, and our taxes get wasted arresting harmless marijuana users for a crime with NO victim. I’ve never heard of tomato cartels or asparagus cartels, and both of those plants grow in your yard just like marijuana. Marijuana is harmless so why is it illegal?

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  4. know better on

    i have a problem believing only 48% of adults have tried marijuana in their lives … i feel that a lot of people were probably still not honest in their denial of ever trying it.

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