How to tell whether you’re a marijuana smoker or a drug addict: A national survey
Marijuana use is on the rise among adults in the United States, according to a new national survey.
The findings come as Congress considers legislation to legalize the drug for recreational use.
The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found that more than one in five Americans aged 18 to 29 have used marijuana in the past month, compared to one in three adults ages 30 to 49.
Gallup’s Marijuana Use and Addiction Index measures drug use in five categories, including the frequency of use, intensity, duration and overall effects.
The index, which measures drug abuse in general, has been measuring this question since 1982, Gallup said.
More: Gallup also found that 16 percent of people aged 18 and older reported having used marijuana at least once in the last year.
A majority of Americans ages 18 to 49, however, say they have not used marijuana.
The percentage of people ages 50 to 64 who said they had used marijuana was 13 percent, Gallup found.
The new findings come after lawmakers introduced legislation in June to legalize marijuana for recreational sale in the U.S. Gallup said that while there is a long way to go to make marijuana use a mainstream issue, the results suggest the public is beginning to realize that marijuana use is not a fringe issue.
The survey, which surveyed 1,000 adults in June and July, showed that a majority of adults surveyed, including 53 percent of those aged 18-to-49, were aware of the fact that marijuana is not generally used as a recreational drug.
Still, only about a third of those surveyed said they would be willing to buy marijuana from a licensed producer in the near future.
Gallup noted that the poll found that a plurality of adults in general said they believe marijuana should be legalized for recreational purposes, although most said they do not think marijuana should always be available to adults.
The report noted that, overall, there were no significant differences between men and women in their opinions on whether or not marijuana should not be legal.