Nearly Half of All Americans Have Tried Cannabis, Poll FindsGage PeakeJuly 20, 2017
The survey found that young adults—men in particular—with household incomes of less than $30,000 per year are most likely to say they currently consume cannabis. Gallup reports that 13% of men said they smoke cannabis, compared to 7% of women who responded affirmatively.
Gallup first asked US residents if they consumed cannabis back in 1969. At that time only 4% said they had tried marijuana at least once. The rise in consumption over the past 50 years is paralleled by the increasing support for cannabis legalization, according to Gallup. A study released last year by the polling group found that 60% of Americans believe that cannabis should be legal, which was also a record level of support.
The study released yesterday indicates that current cannabis consumption starts to decline with age. Those aged 30-49 are more likely to say they have tried cannabis (51%) than those aged 50-64 (49%).