This article was originally published on MG Magazine and appears here with permission.
Fifty percent of American adults have tried cannabis, according to a recent Gallup report, marking the highest point since the polling organization conducted its first consumption habits survey in 1969.
While the popularity of flower is beginning to show signs of decline in regulated markets, the percentage of American adults who say they smoke cannabis has doubled to 14 percent—or approximately 36 million people—since 2013, when Gallup first asked the question.
Data: Gallup 2023
Looking back, the percent of Americans who experimented with marijuana grew by 20 percent between 1969 and 1977, then another nine percent by the mid-’80s before largely stalling until 2015. During the same period, Gallup reported significant changes in the public’s support for cannabis legalization, which has grown from 12 percent to 68 percent over the past 54 years.
“As marijuana has become more available to Americans and …