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Almost Half of the U.S. Has Smoked Cannabis

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Almost Half of the U.S. Has Smoked Cannabis

A new public opinion survey reveals that 44 percent of the American population has smoked cannabis – a possible indication that the reefer madness driven into civil society over the past several decades is starting to wear thin.

According to the latest Gallup poll, more of the U.S. population admits to smoking marijuana now than they have since the research firm began surveying the public on the issue in 1969. At that time, only about 4 percent of the public confessed to having experimented with the herb.

This year, in addition to being asked if they had ever tried cannabis, the respondents were invited to share their current toking habits. Around 11 percent said that they are regular cannabis consumers, which is around a 7 percent increase from when the poll was conducted in 2013. Overall, men reported smoking marijuana twice as much as women, with the percentages narrowing when solicited for information pertaining to experimentation.

The results of the survey, which were published Wednesday, are a revelation to a growing trend in which more Americans are becoming more accepting of the use of cannabis in modern times – a shift in the social atmosphere that no longer makes legalization a “liberal pipe dream.”

“Marijuana is being taken more seriously these days,” said the pollsters. “The stigma associated with smoking marijuana appears to be loosening, and Americans may be less shy about revealing their experiences or habits than they have been in the past. For whatever reason, more Americans than ever before admit that they have smoked marijuana in the past, and there has been an increase in the modest percentage who say they currently smoke it.”

Earlier this year, a General Social Survey found that, for the first time in history, the majority of Americans (51.7 percent) support the legalization of marijuana. There is speculation that once these numbers hit the 65-66 percent range, Congress will be forced to make changes to the laws.

When was the first time you tried cannabis? Let us know about your experience in the comments.

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Pingback: Stoner Nation: Almost Half of the U.S. Has Smoked Cannabis | Dope Jars

  2. Kara

    July 28, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    I’ve been smoking sense I was 16 and still smoking it helps with mine and my husband’s health problems the sooner they make it legal the better it helps so many people.

  3. mike Hurlow

    July 28, 2015 at 6:12 am

    I WAS 16 NOW IM 57 I THANK IT TIME TO LET ALL STATES LEGAL IT

  4. Thomas Dozier

    July 27, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    I was 10 yrs old

    • Thomas Dozier

      July 27, 2015 at 5:07 pm

      Im 47 now

  5. Phoebe

    July 27, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    First tried cannabis at age 16, now 60 & yes, I still do but in manydifferent ways….NO Big Pharma for this gal!

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