ROCKVILLE, MD - The stigma surrounding stoners seems to be changing. According to a new study, the number of adults smoking marijuana in America has doubled in the last 10 years.
A researcher with The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism found that from 2001 - 2002, just over 4% of U.S. citizens were smoking weed. Fast forward a decade and between 2012 - 2013 about 9.5% of people had developed some kind of relationship with the green plant.
Medical marijuana is now legal in 23 states while recreational weed is legal in four. The number of users wasn’t all the study measured, researchers also looked at marijuana abuse. The percentage of people dealing with marijuana dependence rose from 1.5% to 2.9% during the same ten-year period.