So some surveys reveal that Americans are smoking a lot more weed now than they did a dozen years ago. But is it just because marijuana is legal in many parts of the country and/or that people are no longer afraid to admit they smoke the sacred herb? The Washington Post analyzes the findings:
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The number of adults using marijuana more than doubled in recent years, according to new research culling data from two massive surveys.
In 2001, just 4.1 percent of adults said they used marijuana. That increased to 9.5 percent by 2013. The findings were published Wednesday in JAMA Psychiatry.
Researchers also found that marijuana abuse or dependence increased during that 12-year time frame, likely because the overall number of adults using increased so much.
Increased marijuana use came during roughly the same timeframe that Americans’ attitudes about legalizing the drug shifted; less than one-third of Americans were in favor of legalizing marijuana in 2002, while a majority favored legalization in 2013, according to the Pew Research Center.