Pubdate: Thu, 29 Oct 2015
Source: Chico News & Review, The (CA)
Copyright: 2015 Chico Community Publishing, Inc.


The Number of Weed Users in the U.S. Has Doubled

The number of Americans who use marijuana doubled in a decade, 
according to survey data collected from 80,000 adults by the National 
Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism in 2001-02 and 2012-13. 
Respondents were asked whether they'd used marijuana in the past 
year, and whether they had signs of problematic use, such as trying 
but being unable to quit using weed heavily despite harm to health, 
or causing depression or anxiety. The most recent survey indicates 
that 22 million Americans, or 10 percent of the total population, now 
uses pot. And about 1 in 3 users-or 6.8 million people-showed signs 
of dependence or abuse. Use increased across all age groups, but was 
most common among people ages 18 to 29. The researchers attributed 
the increase in smoking to a cultural shift regarding recreational use.
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