Marijuana Use in the United States More Than Doubles

According to The Washington Post, a report recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that the number of adult marijuana users more than doubled over a 12-year period from 4.1 percent in 2001 to 9.5 percent in 2013.

Researchers found that use increased the most among African-Americans, Latinos and Hispanics, the elderly and middle-aged, and those residing in the southern region of the United States.

While the overall number of U.S. adults suffering from marijuana-addiction increased from 1.5 percent to 2.9 percent, the overall share of marijuana users suffering from addiction declined from 35 percent to 30 percent.

Although researchers suspect that the increased use of marijuana has something to do with American’s shifting attitudes about marijuana, it is still unclear as to why there has been such a big uptick.

“We showed that it happened,” said Deborah Hasin, lead study author. “Now, the thing that really needs to be researched is the why.”

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