As part of its July 13-17 Consumption Habits poll, Gallup asked poll participants, “Keeping in mind that all of your answers in this survey are confidential, do you, yourself, smoke marijuana?”
WASHINGTON, DC — More adults in the United States are admitting to trying marijuana or smoking it regularly, according to the findings of a Gallup survey released Monday.
According to the poll, one in eight US adults, or 13%, currently smoke marijuana, nearly double the percentage who reported smoking marijuana three years ago.
Nearly half of those surveyed, 43%, admit to having tried marijuana. Similar polls conducted by Gallup found last year that 44% have tried marijuana, up from 38% in 2013. In 1969, when Gallup first began surveying marijuana use by adults, only 4% admitted to having tried cannabis.
The findings of the poll don’t necessarily mean that more adults are trying or using marijuana, however. As more states reform marijuana laws, adults are more likely to admit to having used marijuana as the stigma and taboo associated with cannabis use is reduced.
“States’ willingness to legalize marijuana could be a reason for the uptick in the percentage of Americans who say they smoke marijuana, regardless of whether it is legal in their particular state,” pollsters state. “Gallup finds residents in the West — home of all four states that have legalized recreational marijuana use — are significantly more likely to say they smoke marijuana than those in other parts of the country.”
Currently, marijuana remains illegal under federal law, but four states — Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington — and the District of Columbia have legalize the possession of marijuana by adults since 2012. Five additional states — Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada — will vote on whether to legalize marijuana this November.
The poll was conducted July 13-17, 2016, with a random sample of 1,023 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. The margin of error is ±5 percentage points. The poll was conducted using both cellphone and landline calls.
Full poll results can be found here.