Thursday, September 12, 2013
The Seattle Post Intelligencer reports that
People 50-years-old and up are apparently (re)discovering marijuana at a pretty good clip, according to the latest survey by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (sponsored by the the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services).
From the top
In the survey, “current” or “past month” use of marijuana rose for people 12 years old and up:
- Marijuana was the most commonly used illicit drug. In 2012, there were 18.9 million past month users. Between 2007 and 2012, the rate of current use increased from 5.8 to 7.3 percent, and the number of users increased from 14.5 million to 18.9 million.
Although comparing surveys from different organizations is risky, since it’s pretty impossible to get an “apples-to-apples” comparison, another recent poll did find about the same numbers for current users. The most recent Gallup poll rounded the numbers off to 7 percent of those surveyed were current users.
However, asked if they had ever used marijuana, not current or past month use, but ever … Gallup found that the trend for trying marijuana had pretty much plateaued over the past 30 years.