New Poll Examines “Weed and the American Family”


A new poll conducted by Marist in partnership with Yahoo News concluded that a majority of adult Americans have dabbled with marijuana experimentation at some point in their lifetime.

According to the Yahoo News/Marist Poll’s conclusions, 52% of those surveyed acknowledged having tried marijuana at least once – while 56% viewed consumption of the plant’s psychotropic cannabinoids as “socially acceptable.”

Despite the fact that eight out of ten Americans expressed an elevated support for legalizing medicinal cannabis, the hazy reality of adult-use marijuana had those surveyed split down the middle; 47% opposed the legalization of adult-use cannabis while 49% supported it.

Conducted between March 1 and March 7, 2017, the poll was accomplished by surveying 1,122 adults via phone.

Discovering that 76% of those surveyed believe that regular tobacco use is far riskier than regular marijuana use, the new poll examines the ever-changing dynamic between “Weed & The American Family.”

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According to the survey, “Most Americans are not especially worried about marijuana use among the nation’s youth. They are just as concerned about children experimenting with cigarettes, alcohol, and sex. While marijuana use by their children tops the list of parents’ concerns, they are just as apprehensive about other risky behaviors.” And rightfully so. In an annual survey performed by Monitoring the Future in 2016, government funded researchers discovered as legalization spreads from state to state, access and interest in getting high declines.

As parents who experimented with marijuana were more likely to worry about their kids “having sex or smoking cigarettes,” the survey concluded kids getting high on weed was primarily a concern of those parents who’ve never tried marijuana before.

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Born in Long Beach, raised on the central coast: I surf, dab, burn, and blog – though not necessarily in that order. I'm a husband, a father and a lifelong consumer of connoisseur grade weed. I don't drink alcohol or consume any other "drugs." I consider myself to be living proof that weed is not a gateway drug. If it were, I'd be in some serious trouble. Instead, as a 50-year-old ex-realtor that has been smoking weed for nearly 80% of my life (just did the math) ... I can only say, marijuana is safer than prescription pills or alcohol could ever hope to be for calming what stirs the savage beast.


  1. Great article, thanks. It gives an interesting profile of the typical adult who has tried marijuana and also what those adults who are parents are concerned about in their children. I’ll be using the data in my college statistics course.

    • Funny – i am the opposite of almost every one of those traits -62-female-republican-college degree-income+, and probably over half if my “peers just like me” do it. Go figure.

  2. I lived in Southern Czlif all my life. Raised my 3 children there and suffered from cronic pain most of my life. I was om pain pills till they ruined my life and did nothing for my pain after a certain point. Calif finally made mary Jane legal and i got a medical card and Oh My God did that help me so so much. I did not have pills that i had to get hooked in i just smoked a joint and wow that’s take of it.

  3. One thing that maybe of concern to your readers, is the continued risk that government agencies will pursue parents of minors who smoke in the safety of their own home, using the children as reason to raid and destroy lives. Basically, parents maybe forced to have a smoking room, that prohibits access by their children from physically being near it or the fumes being released, or even the cultural risk that it may make their children delinquent in the eyes of those controlling our societies. Something that all parents need to be aware of. Then you also have to ask, who is watching the kids when you are relaxing in the other room, you would have to have them monitored perhaps on camera, then be careful that the feed isn’t intercepted by some pervert, or even the government spying on the Citizen in the privacy of their homes.

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