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WIRE: More adults self-identify as marijuana consumers in new Gallup poll

Washington, DC: One in eight Americans over the age of 18 acknowledge that they currently “smoke marijuana,” according to survey data compiled by Gallup.

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Thirteen percent of respondents, including one in five of those between the ages 18 and 30, say that they use the substance. That total is nearly double the percentage reported in 2013.

Men were more likely than women to admit to being current consumers of marijuana. Geographically, those respondents who reside in the western part of the United States are most likely to acknowledge using the plant.

Forty-three percent of respondents acknowledge having tried marijuana at some point in their lives, a percentage that has changed little in past years.

While the number of American adults using cannabis has risen in recent years, youth experimentation of the substance has declined over the past decade. Younger adolescents’ disapproval for marijuana has also increased over this same time period.

For more information, please contact Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: paul@norml.org.

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