Survey: Number of US adults smoking pot doubles

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More Americans Admit They Smoke Pot


Nearly half (43 percent) of adults in the United States admit to trying marijuana, and 13 percent — or roughly 1 in 8 — say they smoke weed on a regular basis. That's about double the percentage of American adults who admitted to regularly using marijuana in 2013 (7 percent).

The marijuana use findings are part of a confidential consumption habits poll from Gallup. A similar poll in 1969 found that a mere 4 percent of adults admitted to trying pot.

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​​​​​But Gallup's findings don't necessarily mean that more adults are smoking weed today than back in the 1960s.

Now that cannabis is legal in some form (medical or recreational) in at least half of the U.S. — with recreational marijuana allowed for use in Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Oregon and the District of Columbia — some of the stigma attached to pot is gone. That means some people are likely more willing to admit to using cannabis today than they would have been in 1969. According to Gallup:

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. 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.

Marijuana is still illegal under federal law. But voters in Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada will decide in November whether to legalize it for recreational purposes in their respective states.

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Alabama

No legalization of any kind

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Alaska

Marijuana legalized for medical and recreational use 

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Arizona

Marijuana legalized for medical use

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Arkansas

No legalization of any kind 

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California

Marijuana legalized for medical use

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Colorado

Marijuana legalized for medical and recreational use  

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Connecticut

Marijuana legalized for medical use 

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Delaware

Marijuana legalized for medical use 

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Florida

No legalization of any kind

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Georgia

No legalization of any kind

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Hawaii

Marijuana legalized for medical use

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Idaho

No legalization of any kind

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Illinois

Marijuana legalized for medical use

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Indiana

No legalization of any kind

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Iowa

No legalization of any kind

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Kansas

No legalization of any kind

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Kentucky

No legalization of any kind

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Louisiana

No legalization of any kind

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Maine

Marijuana legalized for medical use

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Maryland

Marijuana legalized for medical use

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Massachusetts

Marijuana legalized for medical use

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Michigan

Marijuana legalized for medical use

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Minnesota

Marijuana legalized for medical use

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Mississippi

No legalization of any kind

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Missouri

No legalization of any kind 

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Montana

Marijuana legalized for medical use

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Nebraska

No legalization of any kind 

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Nevada

Marijuana legalized for medical use

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New Hampshire

Marijuana legalized for medical use

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New Jersey

Marijuana legalized for medical use 

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New Mexico

Marijuana legalized for medical use 

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New York

Marijuana legalized for medical use

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North Carolina

No legalization of any kind

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North Dakota

No legalization of any kind

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Ohio

No legalization of any kind

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Oklahoma

No legalization of any kind

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Oregon

Marijuana legalized for medical and recreational use  

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Pennsylvania

No legalization of any kind

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Rhode Island 

Marijuana legalized for medical use

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South Carolina

No legalization of any kind

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South Dakota

No legalization of any kind

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Tennessee

No legalization of any kind

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Texas

No legalization of any kind

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Utah

No legalization of any kind 

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Vermont

Marijuana legalized for medical use

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Virginia

No legalization of any kind

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Washington

Marijuana legalized for medical and recreational use 

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West Virginia 

No legalization of any kind

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Wisconsin

No legalization of any kind 

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Wyoming

No legalization of any kind

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Gallup expects marijuana use will continue to grow in the future.

"Because a clear majority of Americans support legalizing marijuana and more states are considering it, it's likely that use of and experimentation with marijuana will increase," states the Gallup report.

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