A poll conducted by the research-based consulting company Gallup finds that 45% of Americans say they have tried marijuana on at least one occasion. When Gallup presented the same question to Americans in 1969, only 4% of those surveyed said they had tried pot.
Gallup’s study on “American’s consumption habits” is based on telephone interviews conducted on July 5-9 with a random sample of 1,021 adults. However, the results from the marijuana-related questions are based on responses from approximately 500 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.
12% of Americans Enjoy Marijuana Regularly
When Gallup first explored “marijuana usage and experimentation” by Americans in 2013, they found that 7% of those surveyed consumed marijuana with regularity. Since 2013, that figure has jumped to 12%.
Demographic distinctions suggest that Generation Xers and Baby Boomers are more likely to have tried marijuana than Millennials, despite the fact that Millennial-aged adults consume marijuana regularity at a much higher rate.