The idea that the average pot smoker is a “loner stoner” is no longer the norm these days, but now a new report, released in conjunction with 4/20, a.k.a. World Cannabis Day, reveals more info on the state of pot in America, uncovering how Americans really feel about marijuana and the growing cannabis industry.
Overall, the survey finds 22% of Americans have used pot recreationally in the last year, while 24% admit they would use it if it were legal. Millennials are the biggest pot smokers, with 30% of 18-34-year-olds using it the most, while 27% of pot smokers make less than $60,000, with usage up most among men (11%).
As for why most people smoke pot, 31% say they do it to promote relaxation and wellbeing, while 24% use it to reduce and relieve anxiety. And they’re not just smoking it, with 54% having tried edibles, while younger users prefer to vape it.
And if you think pot smokers as a bunch of stoners sitting on a couch doing nothing, you may not be completely wrong. Most pot smokers are likely to spend their time watching TV (52%), eating (45%) or listening to music (41%). But they are also folks who socialize (33%) and drink alcohol (31%), although younger folks are less likely to smoke and drink as compared to those over 35.When it comes to pot legalization, most Americans are in favor of it (57%), with men (67%) and Millennials (68%) among the biggest supporters. For users in states where pot isn’t currently legal, 37% say they’d use more if it were to become legalized. Meanwhile, only 16% of Americans think pot is “very harmful,” which is less than those who think the same about alcohol (27%), processed sugar (23%) and saturated fats (33%).ONE MORE THING! In another marijuana poll, 47% of parents who use marijuana say they've done it in front of their adult children, and even shared it with them. Meanwhile, 25% of marijuana users say they've used it in front of or with their parents. On the flipside, 79% of Americans say they'd have a negative view of parents who used pot in front of their children.