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Cannabis use becoming the new normal for young adults, data suggests

Oct 20, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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The data indicates more than two-fifths of young adults across the U.S. consume cannabis occasionally

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Marijuana’s increase in popularity in the U.S. continues to surprise many over the age of 18, with a new poll showing the drug is well on its way to becoming the new normal.

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The numbers, per a study from the University of Michigan, show that more and more young adults living in legal states are regularly consuming cannabis.

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The data indicates more than two-fifths of young adults across the U.S. consume cannabis occasionally. These figures are growing alongside the number of U.S. states that are legalizing weed, which now stands at 19.


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Researchers also share that the jump in consumption is driven in large percentages by women. The data show this change is a marked departure from the reported consumption of previous generations, when men were the principal cannabis consumers, or at least the ones who were truthful in polls about their marijuana habits.

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Young cannabis smokers in Colorado and Washington, D.C. are about to overcome the majority on non-smokers. In Vermont, which legalized adult-use cannabis just recently, young smokers already represent the majority.

The Hill spoke with several young adults from U.S. states where cannabis is on the ballot during the elections this coming November. They shared why they enjoyed cannabis and why their generation was so open to its use.

“It really helps with sleep,” said Allison. “It’s great for stress, anxiety. And my generation has huge anxiety problems.”

Earlier in October, the President Joe Biden administration issued a pardon for non-violent cannabis offences, asking state governors and leaders to follow his lead. Per Biden, a main reason behind the pardons is social justice, hoping to benefit minorities and those who have been most adversely impacted by the War on Drugs.

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It’s a long road ahead for full cannabis reform, but the move marks a significant first step. When speaking about the topic, Democratic Senator Cory Booker explained that marijuana stands in a good legal place right now.

“I think it has a good chance because our Republican allies also understand that if one of the houses of Congress shifts to Republican, it will be very hard to do anything about marijuana. We’ve got a good shot. I wouldn’t say it’s a great shot, but it’s on a good path,” Booker said.

The FreshToast.com, a U.S. lifestyle site that contributes lifestyle content and, with their partnership with 600,000 physicians via Skipta, medical marijuana information to The GrowthOp.

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