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44 Percent of Americans Say They've Tried Pot

By    |   Friday, 24 Jul 2015 02:49 PM


If you've ever tried pot, you're not alone. A new Gallup poll found that 44 percent of Americans admit they've tried marijuana.

Gallup's been asking the same question since 1969 when only 4 percent would admit to ever smoking weed. Since then, the number of people admitting they've smoked marijuana has steadily increased. With Colorado becoming the fourth state to legalize the drug, more people are either trying it or admitting they've given it a try at some point.

The poll, which was conducted July 8 through July 12, showed an increase of 6 percent over the last poll, which was conducted in 2013.

More Americans — about 11 percent — admit to being current marijuana smokers, which is up from 7 percent in 2013. When asked if they smoked tobacco, 19 percent of Americans surveyed admitted they smoked cigarettes.

More Americans under the age of 30 admitted they currently smoke marijuana, but more adults between the ages of 30 and 64 admitted they had tried it. But few aged 65 or older say they currently smoke weed — only 3 percent — and only 22 percent of that age group say they've ever tried it.

In general, people with no religious affiliations were more likely to say they've tried or currently use marijuana, while twice as many men as women say they use it. The poll also found that less educated people with lower incomes are more likely to currently smoke than those with college degrees and higher incomes.

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