Marijuana is NORML: 45% of Americans Have Tried Cannabis

According to recently released polling data from Gallup, nearly half of all Americans have tried marijuana at one point in their lives, an all time high since they began asking the question in 1969 when only 4% of Americans admitted to having tried the substance.


Additionally, 12% of survey respondents said they currently consume marijuana.


Gallup concludes:

“With 29 U.S. states allowing medical marijuana use, and eight allowing recreational use, legal cannabis is taking hold in American society.

There may be obstacles to marijuana becoming fully “accepted” in the United States. Attorney General Sessions appears to be cracking down on marijuana use, and driving under the influence of pot continues to be a concern for many.

Despite legal hurdles, however, a record-high percentage of Americans say they have tried marijuana.
Smoking pot is still not as prevalent as cigarette smoking in the U.S., at 17%, but current marijuana usage is about as high as it has been.

If more states legalize the drug, regular usage — or at least experimenting with marijuana — could rise. Legality may confer a certain societal acceptance of the drug. Sessions’ hopes to prosecute state-level marijuana crimes may prove to be a hindrance, but it is unlikely this multibillion-dollar industry will be stopped anytime soon.”

Read the full survey results here.

27 thoughts

  1. The numbers should be more than those documented, because it doesn’t include my personal usage… which would push the charts up even higher, we need more studies.

  2. We are going to legalize it. And, we are going to do it without that ass-clown Trump. It’s time for America to go ahead and flush Trump and his turd-pile of an administration down the toilet.

  3. How… he “cracking down?” Well let us hope he does not, and they are dam right ths industry is NOT going to be stopped. They could raid EVERY SHOP and we STILL will not be stopped. As I have said before and will say yet AGAIN, the black market would be HUGE. There would be protests. There will be speakeasy shops. There will be people OPENLY defying the law, probably RIGHT IN FRONT of the DEA agents, toking up. They will NEVER stop us. In the words of Churchill, we will NEVER surrender. Legalization cannot be stopped.

    I….oooooo….this one makes my blood boil because I have so much to say on this subject…..I am DEF. coming back to add to this, though I will not flood the board…BUT I see no major crackdown by Sessions. Gallup overdid it on this one, and it is irritating. Don’t give the old man any ideas!

    Sessions is DISTRACTED right now. Granted he has a report from the states DEADLINE I think THIS MONDAY or next week, if I remember correctly. He wants a report on marijuana from the legal states, something about safety procedures I think…plus his Cole review….forfiteure move…but, crackdown? Gallup, don’t scare us like that!

    Sessions is DISTRACTED right now, and we need to KEEP IT THAT WAY.

    CHECK OUT THIS BREAKING NEWS THAT JUST CAME IN TODAY!: Less than half and hour ago! Hahahaha…..what now, Mr. Sessions?

    It was on CNN and even Fox News just moments ago!

    No, Gallup. NO crackdown can stop us now. No crackdown can stop…..

    the FUTURE.

    Link on Sessions news alert:

    1. In a pending post I said this is Prohibition II. After reading todays The Hill report on the July 27 Sessions task force report forthcoming, I daresay Jeff Sessions is Harry Anslinger II.

      While only a recommendation, and while it remains to be seen how Congress will react, this is a disaster. I know we all knew it was coming, but next week is going to be a very, very tense time for all of us, for legalization.

      He has been quiet for all these months now, and I think I know his plan, seize assets rather than use agents to shut down shops, convince Congress to get tough on weed, attack users by urging or ordering prosecutors to impose tougher sentences including on medical users, and also re-establish sentences for users and eliminate decrim., and order governors to repeal the legalization laws, LePage and Baker, possibly Sandoval and Alaska’s gov. will quite possibly comply.

      The war intensifies next week. I hope the folks here at NORML can update us activist as soon as possible starting next week as to July 27 and what looks like the start of his crackdown. I had a feeling August was zero month for us…

      If there was EVER a time to prepare to stand and defend legalization, to fight, now is it. Jeff Beaureguard Sessions is about to attack.

      Hold fast, everyone, we must stand together and resist, we know we have already one. Now, we need to go not only on the offensive, but defend the states who have legalized, the patients who need this medicine so desperately as well. Jeff Sessions is Harry Anslinger reencarn….just with a smiling and a devious messages of the same lies perhaps as those in 1937. Next week, the real war begins. Stand together, stand for the enlightened future we have worked so hard to build. Please update us next week, NORML. Thank you.

  4. MSNBC video link. It is STILL on CNN, FOX, and MSNBC right now, and I tried to download the CNN video but this laptop is old (my grandfather’s, lol, working on a new one for myself). But there will no doubt be more and more news stories on this one in the comiing hours. I will leave it here for now, as I do not want to flood the board, bad habit of mine lately, but I will reply if I get any replies on here 🙂 Again, this is just ONE link. This could be BIG news about Jeff Sessions.

    Maybe I did NOT speak too soon after all. Maybe….he WILL resign or be removed. Apparently this is huge news.

    Trump administration……man…just TOTAL chaos…and the sad thing is, we the American People, capital “P,” and the international community, esp. those most in need, are the ones who are suffering.

    But blessed be legalization. This country needs to chill out so badly, legalization could bring so many benefits and relief amongst this chaos it is not even funny. I don’t know if Sessions is going to resign or not after this new blow, but we must keep moving forward. Have a safe weekend, everyone. Stand up. Don’t be afraid. The future is OURS to make.

    MSNBC link on new Sessions news. More likely to follow over the weekend.

  5. This is good news. As availability increases the percentages will rise but many of those new users will be stepping off harder, more dangerous drugs: particularly alcohol and opiates. We will see societal benefits as a result. I nominate Willie Nelson to go and accept the official government apology for a long and terrible war.

    1. saferinew……

      This is indeed a war……the agents from the past are back….just without the pinstripe suits and William Parcher hats (A Beautiful Mind, watched last night and playing the car chase music now).

      This is Prohibtion II, everyone. The seizing of assests has yet to begin, but watchout for those two seedy agents in suits and hats, the shadowy figures showing up at your storefront door. It’s the 20’s and 30’s all over again.

      This is Prohibition II. We have a lead on them this time however. And we must stand up to them, because this fight is really just beginning.

      1. Another lonely Saturday sitting alone at the alcohol bar, a lively place in my hometown here in Toledo. You know….when a woman approaches you and strikes up a conversation, only to say, as some of her final words….I don’t think you will be seeing me ever again, but nice talking to you.

        Playing the music again….A Beautiful Mind….I might be the most serious person at these Ohio bars, people constantly coming up to me when I am clearly sitting by myself….thinking about legalization even then, and the future. One thing to remember with our cause is endurance. We must endure the pain and the setbacks. See you all on Monday. Almost 4 A.M. now. But legalization is in my heart 24/7. The only thing that helps kill the pain that so many have been through.

        Hope I see her again someday.

        See you all Monday in the comments.


    2. With full respect for Willie Nelson, the person accepting the apology should be black. Let Ice Cube do it.

      1. Interesting point, Matt. However it will be harder for the Man to apologize to Ice Cube since he is so controversial, having scored the greatest hit against bad policing, probably ever. Cops love Willie. I am trying to be diplomatic in my nomination. Anyway the nominees for accepting the official apology for the drug war are:

        Ice Cube
        Willie Nelson

        Anyone else? What about Keith Stroup?

  6. Most cannabis plants in America are cultivated and consumed by Americans. And yet despite every effort to destroy feral hemp, ditchweed and wild cannabis, river valleys from Kansas to Missouri and Kentucky still have wild weed growing tall.
    After decades of the DEA’s Marijuana Eradication Program, 80 years of prohibition and lucrative lumber patents like those owned by the Koch brothers under Georgia-Pacific that would lose value under a flourishing domestic hemp industry, feral hemp still grows across America, remnants of the Hemp for Victory campaign to grow hemp across America to make rope for the navy and tents for the army during WWII. According to Votehemp, 31 states have legalized hemp. Fifteen states had hemp pilot programs or research in 2016: Colorado, Hawaii, Kentucky, Indiana, Maine, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia.

    Despite every effort by our government to destroy our heritage through special interest of competing synthetics, lumber from pine trees to petrochemicals wild American hemp has survived prohibition. In the words of Dr. Michael Pollan, “Cannabis used our brains and feet to reproduce itself.” Then when powerful interests tried to eradicate it feral hemp took root hidden in the creekbeds and riverbanks across America. Now its back to produce carbon-trapping construction materials, medicine, sustainable renewable fuels… and possibly save the planet from ourselves to save itself.

  7. Texans take action:

    We need to put pressure on our reps during this special session to pass Rep. Lucio’s HB85, (virtually the same mmj bill as HB2107).
    Texas failed to pass a budget for our state medical programs, and Governor Abbott has this priority for the special session. Medical marijuana when well regulated will save the state millions in expenses and bring millions more in revenue. If thats not relevant or “germain” to a medical spending bill, Governor Abbott, than nothing is.

  8. Jeff sessions has more to worry about than marijuana smokers at the moment. What a lying crook he has turned out to be but we all knew he was anyway. It now seems he lied to get his current job – so his chances of keeping it look very slim. Trump also has more on his mind at the moment so it is a good time for new legalisation to quietly get established in places like California and Nevada. The government is extremely unlikely to even mention the subject so people can make up their own minds on the benefits or dangers of cannabis.

  9. Like I said in previous posts which have yet to be posted….Sessions is distracted right now, and I see no major crackdown so Gallup might have overshot it on that point. I do however worry that Sessions may try a new approach such as seizing assests or dragging the states into court, since he knows DEA raids, while still possible, would take a very, very long time to shut all shops down, which would only increase the black market.

    I had two posts yesterday on this but they have not yet posted, including a video link. You are right, phrtao, it is very good that he is distracted right now, we need to keep it that way. Remember, DEA raids are not the only weapon he can use to try and shut legalization down. He also wants a report from the states on marijuana I believe on Monday or next week some time. That is not a good sign at all, and his Deputy AG largely escaped the Trump rebukes. However, I am becoming skeptical of a crackdown. We need more shops. We need more states. There will be protests, court cases, governor’s ignoring Sessions, people literally smoking up right in front of riot police and DEA agents in defiance, etc.

    All that aside, which may never happen because of no crackdown, I am confident we cannot be stopped at this point. Nevada starting sales really helps out. Now…..we need California. 1000K more shops all over the state, and any Federal crackdown is FINISHED. Enjoyed another wonderful episode of Bong Apetit today. I can’t wait for my own state of MI to join the future. Trying to find a good venue to collect some signatures, I recently received my first collection sheet from the wonderful folks at MI NORML. 45%? Number is probably even higher. All the same, it shows this country is waking up. We can’t let them stop us. This is a beautiful and intelligent future, waiting to be had.

  10. If you voted for Trump, you are co-responsible for Sessions renewed war on drugs. Let’s see you Trumpeteers defend Sessions, tell me how he is being maligned by the “fake news” media as you call it. Blood is on your hands.

  11. GUYS…………and NORML……HERE IT IS…..this is what I was talking about. This post is more important perhaps than any of my previous rants and raves on here…..this is the deadline I was talking about that Jeff Sessions is demanding. JULY 27. Here is the article…..this is what is perhaps the latest and biggest worry with Sessions right now….the article is posted below….


  12. Meet Maria McFarland Sanchez Moreno, Drug Policy Alliance’s new director:

    Were gonna miss Ethan Nadelman but Im startin to feel like were in good hands. Although I dispute the author’s assertion that DPA or her previous gig at HRW were “the first international drug reform” organization to speak out against the drug war.

    Some of these international NORML chapters have been around for quite a while:

    And the ACLU has been crying international foul for more than 17 years.

  13. It is clear that Americans want for marijuana to be legalized and for the government to quit busting us and locking us up for it.

    Americans need to start voting for political leaders that actually reflect our will; i.e. NOT The Jeff Sessions and Chris Christies of the world.

  14. New Yorkers bitching about the smell of weed people are smoking can on the streets can easily be solved if Cuomo and de Blasio would get together and agree that New York state will not send in its dawgz to shut down the Amsterdam-style coffeeshops that de Blasio needs to allow in the Big Apple. If he just allows ad hoc designated consumption areas such as coffeeshops and such to bring it in off the streets that’s what you’re going to wind up with anyway: small purchases and on-site consumption, as well as folks bringing in their own they acquired elsewhere, too.

    Get this Zambian out of jail:

    Sessions is one dumb fucking asshole if he thinks California is going to put up with Mexican cartel and gang violence that going back to prohibitionist times just to suit Sessions will mean. California is right on the border with the foreign supplier, and Alabama is not so what the fuck does Sessions care. When he goes home to Alabama he’s not going to hear people complaining about how he turned California’s cannabis market back over to the cartels. What a dick move!

  15. Do-Nothing Republicans (mostly Rs) staying in the way of progress. Rs tend to be war mongers, yet underfund the VA and pull this shit that disallows veterans their medicine, and because they are full of shit with their reefer madness and total failure to change federal law to get the hell out of the way of states legalizing. Most Republicans are total losers: they work a regular job, or they are so rich and spoiled and incompetent that they have to pay someone else to run their businesses.

  16. Firing employees who test positive for weed is still total bullshit because the tests are inaccurate. I’m positive they are not using time of test impairment like maybe Hound Labs and shit.

    Trudeau pulling the old delay tactic of stalling for more time. Total bullshit. Fuck the international treaties, and get together with California, then follow the steps of Uruguay. If Sessions and Trump want to be dicks, then piss on them. Show some ballz! WTF, Justine!

    Meanwhile in Pennsylvania, the state budget is still $2 billion underfunded, with no steady source of revenue as the Republican-controlled legislature does NOT want any new taxes or any more taxes on existing industries. The state’s politicians are using their typical cat’s paw strategy in letting other states do all the dangerous and controversial work, then jump on the bandwagon to prevent any further state money from flowing out of state to nearby states. Most Pennsylvania Republicans are total dicks that way: item Mike Turzai, the guy who boasted that the state’s Voter ID laws will hand the election to the Republicans. Mike Turzai wants to run for governor. Oh shit, how do I get off this planet and get to a better one without being a slave, specimen or zoo animal to the beings there?!

  17. The Washington Post coverage of the Trump-Sessions drama is funny in context of the comments from the peanut gallery such as Newt Gingrich; “I don’t think he’ll fire Sessions because it would confuse his base.” LMAO… what a rich statement for a base of such confused and feeble minds…

    But nonetheless there are feeble minds out there, and with the Republican crosscheck program their votes count several times more than they used to.
    Cornyn and Scaramuchi are trying to iron out the deal before Sessions goes under the bus… (cuz thats how I solve problems; by throwing in another egomaniac and an anvil-headed Senator to save the AG).

    The important thing we have to do as marijuana activists… aside from trying not to get distracted by the killer-clown-circus in the Trump administration from keeping us from contacting our state legislators to change state cannabis policy… is remind our Fox-Pre-Tends friends that Trump is only firing Sessions to fire Mueller… not because he objects to cracking down on marijuana legalization.

  18. Honestly shocked this number is not higher but it makes sense considering there is probably a percentage of people who have experimented with mj and not admitted to it. Happy though, that cannabis is now being treated more and more everyday as a medicinal plant rather than a drug.

    thanks for the post!

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