(ReclaimingAmerica.net) – Marijuana use appears to be booming among young adults across America, with several states likely set to have cannabis user majorities, according to a report.
More than two-fifths of young Americans use marijuana “at least on occasion,” federal data indicates, said a new report by The Hill.
It emphasized that younger men’s and women’s use of cannabis “has risen steadily in a decade of relentless legalization.”
Several “pot-friendly” states and Washington, DC, are likely to emerge with cannabis-user majorities.
In Vermont, which only legalized recreational marijuana usage earlier this month, young users already outnumber abstainers.
Cannabis user majorities are almost there in Colorado and Oregon, which legalized the drug ten and five years ago, respectively.
Washington, DC, is also headed down that road as “the drug trades on a nebulous gray market,” the report pointed out.
Five more states are due to vote on the legalization of recreational marijuana in the upcoming midterm elections on November 8: Arkansas, Maryland, Missouri, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
Only 10-15% of all adults use marijuana in Arkansas, North Dakota, and South Dakota, but if the drug is legalized, user numbers could shoot up.
“It really helps with sleep. It’s great for stress, anxiety. And my generation has huge anxiety problems,” argued Allison of Silver Spring, Maryland.
The 24-year-old marijuana user kept her last name because her state has not formally approved the drug’s recreational use yet.
In 2019, a Gallup poll found that 49% of all adults in the United States had tried marijuana at least once in their lifetimes, the highest number since surveying began half a century ago.
When the pollster first asked the question back in 1969, only 4% of US adults said they had tried cannabis.
“In the next few years, we should see that crossing 50%,” said Gallup’s US social research director, Lydia Saad.
Etienne Fontan, the owner of the oldest cannabis dispensary in the US, Berkeley Patients Group in California, was among cannabis activists celebrating President Joe Biden’s recent move to pardon federal marijuana offenders.
“Twenty-five years ago, people were telling me, ‘Kid, it’s not gonna happen in your lifetime,'” recalled Fontan, a Gulf War veteran.
The port pointed out that health experts are increasingly worried about growing cannabis use.
“[Marijuana is] about as addictive as alcohol. I’ve had numerous patients who have really had trouble getting off it,” said Christian Hopfer, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Colorado.
“We have seen more and more people consume high doses of marijuana. They can end up in the emergency department,” warned Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
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