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Nearly half of U.S. adults say in a new poll that they have tried marijuana, as more states move to greenlight legislation legalizing it in recent months.
In the poll released by Gallup on Tuesday, 49 percent of U.S. adults said they have tried marijuana, a new high-water mark in the survey giant’s research.
The company noted the percentage has steadily risen in the past 50 years, with a sharp rise from 4 percent to 22 percent around the 1970s. It stood at 30 percent in 1985 and then 40 percent six years ago, Gallup noted.
The company also said it’s also seen more consistency in recent years in the percentage of respondents who say they are currently smoking marijuana, a drug that remains illegal at the federal level although it’s been legalized for recreational and medical use in a growing number of states.
Just 12 percent of participants in the new poll said they “smoke marijuana.” The company said the percentage has hovered around the 11-13 percent range over the past few years even though the percentage of adults who say they smoke cigarettes has declined.
Published: August 18, 2021
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