New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that people aged 35-44 are slightly more likely to use cannabis than people aged 12-17 in the United States.
According to the just-released data from 2014, about 8% of middle-aged adults have used cannabis in the last month, compared to 7.4% of those aged 12 to 17.
In fact, while teen marijuana use is down, all age brackets above 18 years old have seen an increase in use, including a 455% increase in regular use for those aged 55 to 64.
Total use numbers are still highest for those aged 18 to 34, but older folks are catching up; the numbers for those who are older will also continue to see an increase as younger regular marijuana users get older and move into the higher age brackets.
As cannabis laws relax around the country we see that the doomsday predictions about “THE CHILDREN” are failing to come to fruition. Easier access to cannabis does not mean more teen use, period. Anyone who says otherwise is a liar who is purposefully ignoring the data we have available.
The truth is, older people are realizing that they have been lied to about cannabis. Add that to the fact that legalization means some regular cannabis users now feel safer about admitting their use and we have the increase in numbers across all older age brackets.
And as more people use cannabis, the more mainstream it becomes. That is the key to nationwide legalization: people thinking it’s not a big deal and there is no reason for it to be illegal when we could be creating jobs and tax revenue.
We will get there, and we will get there one day soon.