One in Seven Adults in the United States Use Marijuana

Marijuana is now legal in more and more states, so you know there's an increasing number of Americans enjoying their new legal rights. But you may be surprised to find out just how many there are.

A new poll found that one in seven adults in the United States have used marijuana in the past year. This number is based off a survey conducted by a group of researchers who polled over 16,000 Americans about the subject. About 14.6 percent of respondents said they'd used marijuana in the past year, and 8.7 percent said they had done so in the past month before the poll. 

Unsurprisingly, states with legalized recreational marijuana had higher rates, with 20 percent of adults in fully legal states saying they had used cannabis in the past year. 14.1 percent of adults living in medical only states and 12 percent in completely illegal states said they had used cannabis in the past year. Adults aged 18 to 34 were the demographic that reported the highest rates of cannabis use.

These numbers are roughly in line with other polls on the subject, that generally show around 12 to 15 percent of American adults considering themselves marijuana users.

Of course, we can't wait to see the numbers once all 50 states finally legalize cannabis.

(h/t Healio)


On Flatbush Avenue, tucked amidst the nexus of four iconic Brooklyn neighborhoods (Park Slope, Boerum Hill, Fort Greene, and Prospect Heights), medical cannabis company Citiva opened up their newest location at the turn of the new year. Walking through the shiny glass door, you’re first struck by the sleek tidiness of the front lobby. Both the dispensary's resident pharmacist and receptionist greet visitors as they clear patients (as does any medical dispensary in the country) before allowing them through to the retail room.

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