White-collar workers account for 55 percent of marijuana consumers in the nation’s capital while another 38 percent of Washington, D.C.’s tokers are reportedly “more likely to have a government job than the average person.”
These were just some of the more intriguing results to come out of a recent study performed by the Green Economics series and published by Green Market Report.
Deplorable to some but encouraging to many, the report found the Washington, D.C. marijuana market, where national cannabis policies are debated, nurtured, or killed, has more than its fair share of politically-connected smokers.
For the study, researchers polled 1,368 marijuana consumers in the nation’s capital. Representative of D.C.’s surrounding area – including portions of Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia – the investigation reports that 41.7 percent of the federal government’s employees in Washington, D.C. approve of marijuana legalization.
Who Supports Weed in D.C.?
Washington, D.C. Marijuana Consumption Demographics
- 55.3% of Washington, D.C. consumers are considered “white-collar”
- 32.3% are considered professional
- 30.5% own their own business
- 30% are more likely to be employed full-time
- 7.5% are considered “blue-collar”
Washington, D.C. Marijuana Consumption By Political Affiliation
- 47.8% identify as Independents
- 27.1% identify as Liberals
- 25.1% identify as Conservatives
Washington, D.C. Marijuana Consumption By Income
- 76% make over $50,000 annually
- 37% make over $100,000 annually
Washington, D.C. Marijuana Consumption By Education
- 68.3% have an undergraduate degree or better
- 36.3% have advanced degrees
Providing hope for the future of America’s marijuana reform movement, the D.C. report indicates that a majority (64%) of those self-identified, federally-employed pot smokers believe adult-use marijuana should be legalized for recreational consumption.
“Considering Washington, D.C. is where our federal legislation is created, results that indicate a significant number of government employees favoring the legality of its consumption as well as consuming it themselves, is clear indication that prohibition is outdated,” said Jeffrey Stein of Consumer Research Around Cannabis.