The recent change in laws has definitely helped change America's views and stance on the usage of the green herb. It's been found that Americans today smoke more Marijuana than they did in the early 2000s. And the effects of this trend need to be known!
And here they are...
The changes in laws and the shift in the view towards marijuana use have both led to an increase in the trend of smoking weed. A survey showed that in 2002, only 4.1% people admitted to weed usage.
A similar study conducted in 2013 revealed that about 9.5% people smoke weed. Nearly half of the country – 23 states – have legal medical marijuana dispensaries. This has definitely been a reason for the change in attitude towards the drug.
Marijuana has been in prohibition in America for nearly 80 years. Support for the use of marijuana has risen from 12% in 1969 to a large majority over the past few decades.
A study conducted by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism found some solid evidence about recreational weed use. Three out of every ten people who smoked pot in the past year have a dependence on the drug.
Nearly 7 million Americans abuse pot. And although the percentage of weed smokers who develop a dependence has actually decreased from 36 to 31 percent, the volume of citizens affected has risen.
Dr. Larissa Mooney of the UCLA Addiction Medicine Clinic sites the prevalence of the drug as the cause of people developing addiction. In addition, the more people see cannabis, the less dangerous they seem to find it, "A greater number of people view marijuana as less risky. There are less perceived harms."
People can legally purchase marijuana in Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, and the District of Columbia. Many other states have begun decriminalizing the drug, and this could lead to legalization in the near future.
Job creation and tax revenue have been two arguments that have assisted in the decriminalization of the drug.
The Executive Director for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, Allen St. Pierre, argues that legalizing weed, "would generate revenue where we now hemorrhage out billions and billions of dollars."
Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland are states that could be welcoming pot smoking within their borders next, soon enough!