Increased Pot Use In America Since 2005

It seems more and more Americans are toking up nowadays, however, this increase has not been linked to legalization. A new study on cannabis consumption in the U.S. has found a marked increase in Americans that are smoking weed. The study claims that the increase is due to changing views and attitudes towards Marijuana. Do you agree with their findings? Are there any other reasons you can think of to account for the increase in use?

American adults are smoking more pot, but increased cannabis use does not appear to be due to wider availability of legal marijuana, a new study shows.

Pot consumption among women almost doubled between 1984 and 2015, from 5.5 percent of adults to 10.6 percent; meanwhile, 14.7 percent more men are toking up since 2000, according to the report from the Public Health Institute.

But researchers cautioned against assuming that relaxed laws governing recreational and medicinal pot are driving the trend.

“Results …did not show significant increases in use related to medicinal marijuana legislation,” lead investigator William Kerr said in a statement. “It appears that the passage of these policies reflects changing attitudes toward marijuana use, rather than the other way around.”

Overall, 12.9 percent of adults have used marijuana since 2015, up from the 6.7 percent 10 years earlier, the study revealed. However, it did not find a significant intersection between higher rates of pot use and legislation, which has legalized medical marijuana in 29 states and permitted recreational smoking in eight states—Washington, Oregon, Colorado, California, Nevada, Alaska, Massachusetts and Maine—plus the District of Columbia.

The study also showed that people aged 50 to 59 are especially avid pot users, with these men increasing from 0.5 percent of the age group to 11.6 percent, an increase of 2,220 percent. Women went from 0.1 percent to 7.3 percent, a staggering 7,200 percent increase.

“These increases are the results of both age period cohort and period effects. People born before 1945 had very low lifetime rates of marijuana use,” said Kerr, who is also a senior scientist at the Alcohol Research Group. Baby Boomers, however, have led the pot party.

They are not alone. A CBS News poll conducted in April found that 71 percent of Americans believed that the federal government should not prohibit marijuana sales, and 65 percent said that weed is less dangerous than other drugs. A Quinnipiac University poll also found that 60 percent of Americans believed use of marijuana should be made legal.

Despite widespread support, the Trump administration and GOP are committed to stopping efforts to legalize marijuana consumption. The House Rules Committee on September 7 blocked the Hinchey-Rohrabacher Amendment, which prohibited the Department of State from using federal money to enforce measures against states that approved medical marijuana.

Marijuana Use in the U.S. Has Increased Since 2005, but Not Because of Legislation, Study Says

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Brian Wroblewski

Brian Wroblewski has a passion for writing, travel, food and family. Since working in and around the cannabis industry since 2008, Brian brings a unique perspective to the cannabis journalism space. With a focus on emerging brands, moving the cannabis industry forward and an undeniable passion for truth in business and journalism, find some of Brian's posts across the web on digital marketing, cannabis and a variety of different topics.

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