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One In Eight Americans Claim They Smoke Marijuana


A new survey by Gallup last month states that thirteen percent of adults living in the U.S. say they currently smoke weed. This is almost double from the seven percent of smokers from adults polled three years ago.

This number is expected to continue to rise with five more states going to the ballot this November to vote on marijuana legalization. The almost 100% uptick in the poll may also have a direct effect with the recent legalization efforts to reduce or eliminate criminal penalties for marijuana use.

“States’ willingness to legalize marijuana could be a reason for the uptick in the percentage of Americans who say they smoke marijuana, regardless of whether it is legal in their particular state. Gallup finds residents in the West — home of all four states that have legalized recreational marijuana use — are significantly more likely to say they smoke marijuana than those in other parts of the country,” said Gallup.

The large rise in the number of smokers compared to the poll done three years ago may be because some of the people polled are now more willing to admit that they smoke weed. Whereas before there was more of a stigma around use of the substance.

While there was an almost 100% increase for adults who admit they smoke weed, the number of adults who say they have smoked marijuana at one point or another has only changed by one percent to the last poll.

In this April 19, 2014 file photo, partygoers dance and smoke pot on the first of two days at the annual 4/20 marijuana festival in Denver. The annual event is the first 4/20 marijuana celebration since retail marijuana stores began selling in January 2014. Colorado is now selling more recreational pot than medical pot, tax records released Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 show. The state sold $29.7 million worth of recreational marijuana in July, the most recent data available, slightly higher than the $28.9 million worth of medical marijuana sold in the same month. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

The poll was conducted by telephone with about 1,000 randomly chosen adults across the United States. These increases continue to follow the trend set in 2001 when only 4.1% of american adults said they smoked marijuana.

The poll also stated that people living on the western side of the United States are more likely to smoke weed. This is because the western US is home to all four of the states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use.

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