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Poll: Marijuana Used ‘Occasionally’ or ‘Regularly’ by 1 in 4 Young Americans. All right!

Are you a young American? If so, and all apologies to David Bowie, do you remember President Nixon? Perhaps not, but it is more likely that you use marijuana, according to a new survey.

A Gallup poll published Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, found that one in four Americans between the age of 18 and 29 say they “occasionally” or “regularly” smoke or use marijuana.

Gallup conducted telephone interviews with a random sample of 1,033 American adults ages 18 and older between July 1-11, 2018. The survey found:

  • 24 percent of American adults between ages 18-29 report that they regularly or occasionally use marijuana, the highest amongst respondents,
  • 13 percent between ages 30-49 reported using marijuana,
  • 11 percent between ages 50-64 reported using marijuana,
  • Only six percent of adults ages 65 and older reported using marijuana, the lowest amongst respondents, and
  • More men than women among all ages use marijuana: men, 15 percent combined,  women, 11 percent combined.

According to the Gallup report, these results are “on par with an average of 22 percent of 18-to-29-year olds across three surveys from 2015 to 2017 who answered ‘yes’ when asked whether they do or do not ‘smoke marijuana.’”

The survey found that cannabis use was highest in the western U.S. (20 percent); California, Oregon, Washington, and Nevada all have recreational marijuana laws.

The survey also asked respondents whether they “regularly,” “occasionally,” or “never” smoke or use cigars, chewing tobacco and “a pipe.” Only 13 percent of all respondents said they used marijuana, and across all age brackets, marijuana was used more than cigars, pipes and chewing tobacco.

But youngsters, a word of advice: Remember the bills you have to pay.


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