The number of Americans that have tried marijuana has hit an all time high. According to a recent Gallup poll, approximately 45% of Americans have tried marijuana, marking a record high since the polling organization began asking the question in 1969.
Although not as prevalent as tobacco smoking, approximately 12% of Americans currently smoke marijuana, with young adult males making less than $30,000 making up the largest segment of smokers. Overall, approximately 7% of women and 13% of men currently smoke marijuana.
Surprisingly, the largest age group of those who have tried marijuana were those aged 30-49 years old, with the second largest group being those aged 50-64 years old, leading researchers to believe that marijuana was more popular with Generation X and baby boomers than with millennials.
Despite lagging behind, the Gallup poll found that Americans aged 18-29 years old still made up the largest percentage of current marijuana users with 18%. Approximately 10% of 30-49 year olds and 8% of 50-64 year olds still use marijuana.
Combined with recent surveys that have found that approximately 60% of Americans support marijuana legalization, pollsters concluded that federal interference from the Department of Justice and Attorney General Jeff Sessions “may prove to be a hindrance, but it is unlikely this multibillion-dollar industry will be stopped anytime soon.”