Cannabis provides a variety of medicinal benefits including treating pain, relieving anxiety, insomnia, migraines, digestive issues, just to list a few. It is also enjoyed by people because they enjoy the relaxing effects. Marijuana use is growing in popularity, becoming more mainstream and publicly accepted as more and more states (33 and the District of Columbia), including Michigan have legalized its use for both medical and recreational use. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States that tens of millions of people use. In fact, according to the National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics, “about half of Americans, approximately 78 million people, claimed to have used marijuana at some point in their lifetime.”
It is also important to mention that although many states are legally recognizing marijuana, it is still not legal at the federal level and there are some strict regulations on how it is grown, consumed, sold, and shared. To give you an idea of the cannabis industry in dollars and cents, The Marijuana Business Factbook estimates that Michigan’s 2020 adult-use sales will total between $400 million and $475 million, growing to $1.9 billion-$2.4 billion by 2024. Those are some staggering figures. So who is using marijuana whether it is smoking it our using consumables in the United States including Michigan?
A 2019 Gallup poll that surveyed 1,525 adults throughout the country who were 18 and older marijuana use indicated that smoking marijuana varies by age, gender, and political beliefs. Eleven percent of adults between 30 and 49 revealed they had smoked marijuana and 12 percent of adults between 50 and 64 do too.
- 15 percent of men (make less than $50,000 per year) compared to 9 percent of women smoke marijuana
- 54 percent of adults who use marijuana are parents who have children under the age of 18
- 18-year-olds to 29-year-olds, known as millennials, are the most likely age group to smoke marijuana. This is approximately twice of those between 30 and 64 and seven times more as adults 65 and older
- Liberals are six times more likely to smoke marijuana than conservatives and twice as likely as moderates
Here are some interesting facts for Michigan from a collaborative report with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services that was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- One in nine adults in Michigan reported using marijuana, cannabis at least once in the last month
- Approximately three percent have a medical cannabis card and use it to relieve chronic pain
- One in 30 pregnant women reported using cannabis
As recreational use of marijuana (smoking and consumables) in Michigan grows, so will the profile of those who use it, and Michigan is following the same usage trends as the nation as a whole.