44% of Americans Say They Have Tried Marijuana

Marijuana

But maybe they didn’t inhale?

As Oregon becomes the fourth state to make recreational marijuana use legal, 44% of Americans say they have tried marijuana. This is the highest percentage Gallup has found since it began asking the question in 1969. Back then, a mere 4% admitted to having tried it.

Each time Gallup has polled on the question, Americans have become at least marginally more likely to say they have tried smoking pot, including a six-percentage-point increase in the latest poll. The changes over time may reflect either an increase in the percentage who have tried the drug, or an increased willingness to admit to having done so in the past. The latter possibility certainly seems plausible given Americans’ growing support for legalizing marijuana in recent decades. A separate question asks Americans more directly if they smoke marijuana now. Slightly more than one in 10 Americans (11%) say they do, up from 7% in 2013, although the shift is also within the poll’s margin of error.

23 Legal Medical Marijuana States and DC

Laws, Fees, and Possession Limits
I. Summary Chart: 23 states and DC have enacted laws to legalize medical marijuana
State Year
Passed
How Passed
(Yes Vote)
Possession Limit
1998 Ballot Measure 8 (58%) 1 oz usable; 6 plants (3 mature, 3 immature)
2. Arizona 2010 Proposition 203 (50.13%) 2.5 oz usable; 0-12 plants
1996 Proposition 215 (56%) 8 oz usable; 6 mature or 12 immature plants
2000 Ballot Amendment 20 (54%) 2 oz usable; 6 plants (3 mature, 3 immature)
5. Connecticut 2012 House Bill 5389 (96-51 H, 21-13 S) One-month supply (exact amount to be determined)
2010 Amendment Act B18-622 (13-0 vote) 2 oz dried; limits on other forms to be determined
7. Delaware 2011 Senate Bill 17 (27-14 H, 17-4 S) 6 oz usable
2000 Senate Bill 862 (32-18 H; 13-12 S) 3 oz usable; 7 plants (3 mature, 4 immature)
9. Illinois 2013 House Bill 1 (61-57 H; 35-21 S) 2.5 ounces of usable cannabis during a period of 14 days
1999 Ballot Question 2 (61%) 2.5 oz usable; 6 plants
11. Maryland 2014 House Bill 881 (125-11 H; 44-2 S) 30-day supply, amount to be determined
12. Massachusetts 2012 Ballot Question 3 (63%) 60-day supply for personal medical use
2008 Proposal 1 (63%) 2.5 oz usable; 12 plants
14. Minnesota 2014 Senate Bill 2470 (46-16 S; 89-40 H) 30-day supply of non-smokable marijuana
2004 Initiative 148 (62%) 1 oz usable; 4 plants (mature); 12 seedlings
2000 Ballot Question 9 (65%) 1 oz usable; 7 plants (3 mature, 4 immature)
17. New Hampshire 2013 House Bill 573 (284-66 H; 18-6 S) Two ounces of usable cannabis during a 10-day period
2010 Senate Bill 119 (48-14 H; 25-13 S) 2 oz usable
2007 Senate Bill 523 (36-31 H; 32-3 S) 6 oz usable; 16 plants (4 mature, 12 immature)
2014 Assembly Bill 6357 (117-13 A; 49-10 S) 30-day supply non-smokable marijuana
1998 Ballot Measure 67 (55%) 24 oz usable; 24 plants (6 mature, 18 immature)
2006 Senate Bill 0710 (52-10 H; 33-1 S) 2.5 oz usable; 12 plants
2004 Senate Bill 76 (22-7) HB 645 (82-59) 2 oz usable; 9 plants (2 mature, 7 immature)
1998 Initiative 692 (59%) 24 oz usable; 15 plants

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