Poll: 52% of U.S. Adults Have Tried Marijuana, Only 1 in 5 Believe it’s “Riskier” than Prescription Opioids

A majority of U.S. adults have tried marijuana at least once, according to new polling.

According to the new Yahoo/Marist poll, 52% of adults in the United States have consumed marijuana at least once, with 56% consider usage of the plant to be “socially acceptable.” The survey found an overwhelming majority of adults – 83% – to be in support of legalizing medical cannabis. A considerably lower number, but still a plurality (49% to 47%), support the legalization of cannabis for all uses.

Two-thirds of the poll’s respondents stated that the use of prescription drugs like Vicodin or OxyContin is “riskier” to use than cannabis, even when the drugs are rightfully prescribed by a doctor. Only one in five believe that marijuana is “riskier” than prescription opioids.

Among parents, only 21% consider marijuana use to be at the “top of their concerns” for their children, behind cigarette use (24%). 81% of parents – including 88% of those who have tried marijuana – believe it’s the right thing to do to tell their kids about their cannabis use. Despite this high number, 60% say that their parents did not talk to them about marijuana, including 95% of those in the Silent-Greatest Generation, and 72% of Baby-Boomers.

For a detailed summary of additional findings made by the Yahoo/Marist poll, click here.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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