The legalization of marijuana in various states, it seems, is pushing people’s interest in the weed in the United States. Or maybe, it’s the other way around. Whatever be the case, the Americans’ interest in marijuana is at an all-time high, a recent survey suggests.
As per the latest Gallup poll, conducted from July 5 to 9, 2017, 45 percent Americans have tried marijuana at least once. The survey found that 55 percent of people self-reported of having never tried smoking marijuana or using the drug in any form. The figures of Americans having denied any form of cannabis use correspond to numbers obtained in the Gallup survey in 2015.
The survey found that 60 percent of the respondents had voiced their opinion in favor of pot legalization. The increase in use of the drug corresponds to the growing support for decriminalization of cannabis, with eight states having allowed recreational use of the drug. The findings also reveal an estimated 12 percent Americans saying that they currently smoke marijuana. Though the number of people self-reporting weed smoking habits has seen a rise by two times since 2013, researchers could not comprehend any particular reason responsible for it.
According to the survey, about 13 percent of the respondents with household incomes not exceeding $30,000 a year say that they use marijuana. Nearly 10 percent of the participants with family incomes in the bracket of $30,000-$74,999 said that they took the drug. Gender-specific analysis revealed that 13 percent men compared to only 7 percent women took the drug. Examination of the age bracket under which marijuana users can be classified revealed nearly 18 percent of young American adults, aged 18-29 years, and 10 percent of those aged 30-49 years accepted that they took the drug. The poll suggests that only 11 percent in the age group of 50-65 years admitted to using the substance.
Marijuana sales highest in California
Marijuana laws are stricter for Californians compared to the residents of Colorado or Washington, the states that have legalized recreational use of weed. Nevertheless, this has not deterred people in California from buying weed for recreational or medicinal purposes. In November 2016, people in California had voted in favor of Proposition 64, allowing legalization of recreational marijuana for adults. Experts term the passing of the bill as a turning point in American weed industry.
According to a report by the Arcview Group, California accounted for 27 percent of the 2016 legal marijuana market in North America, while Colorado and Washington represented 20 percent and 11 percent, respectively. California’s legalization of marijuana indicates roughly an extra $1.5 billion flooding into the pot market once the tax revenue from retail sales of the drug would start rolling in 2018.
While there are studies that have suggested potential use of the drug for medicinal reasons, prolonged consumption has been associated with a host of physical as well as mental disorders. Recent studies have linked marijuana use since an early age to depression or possible symptoms of psychosis during adulthood. In addition, people addicted to weed are at a higher risk of developing problems related to attention and memory. Moreover, prior studies warning regular marijuana users to wean off their habits lest they get addicted to the drug have forced federal agencies to renew their outlook toward its use.
Dealing with pot addiction
Excessive use of any drug can result in adverse effects. In some cases, the impact is irreversible and irreparable. Notwithstanding widespread support in favor of marijuana use, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has neither granted recognition nor approved its medicinal value. According to the FDA, extensive clinical trials are yet to be conducted that can help determine the medicinal value of marijuana and prove that the same could outweigh the possible health risks. Hence, it continues to be categorized as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act because of high potential for abuse.
Importantly, addiction to cannabis can be treated with timely medical intervention. As a leading behavioral and mental health care provider, Sovereign Health offers effective programs to treat pot addiction at its marijuana treatment centers spread across the U.S. Call at our 24/7 helpline number or join us for an online chat to know more about our California residential treatment centers in your vicinity.