New Survey Says a Record Number of Americans Have Tried Marijuana

Nearly every poll available says more and more Americans are supporting marijuana legalization. But with all those people supporting the use of cannabis, does it mean more people are actually partaking as well? Well according to one survey, the answer is yes.

According to a July 2017 Gallup poll, 45 percent of Americans say they've tried marijuana at least once in their lives. Using 2016 census data, that means 116 million Americans have tried marijuana. To put that in perspective, in 1969 only four percent of Americans said they had tried it, and in 1999 only 34 percent said they had. 

Gallup also found an increase in people who use marijuana on a consistent basis. According to the poll, about 12 percent (or one in eight) of Americans said they used marijuana regularly. In 2013, only four years ago, that number was only 7 percent.

It's pretty understandable why those numbers would all be increasing. Marijuana's becoming legal in more states over the years, meaning Americans have both more access to cannabis and less fear of punishment for using. It's also likely that the stigma associated with marijuana has gone away, and more people are willing to admit to using it than before.

At this rate, by 2020 every presidential candidate will be an open stoner!


Some try to predict the future by reading tea leaves, but Bill Maher turned to a different type of leaf to figure out who would be the ultimate candidate for the 2020 election. The 'Real Time' host recently revealed that the ideal candidate dawned on him one night when he was having a puff of weed and wondering who had the best chance to defeat Donald Trump in 2020. Like many pundits, Maher has obsessed over this question ever since Trump's surprise win over Hilary Clinton in 2016.

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