Americans have come a long way when it comes to cannabislegalization and consumption. In 1969, Gallup’s first poll on cannabis legalization found that only 12% of Americans favoured cannabis legalization (1).
Public opinion on cannabis legalization and consumption has changed a lot since. Cannabis legalization is building more momentum in the US, and attitudes surrounding consumption have drastically evolved.
Cannabis Consumption on the Rise
Recently, a national study (2) conducted by YouGov, a public opinion and data company, in partnership with Sunnyside, a national retail dispensary brand of Cresco Labs, found that about one in four Americans consumed cannabis over the past year.
The report also found that 23% of current cannabis consumers have tried it for the first time in the past year. This suggests that the pandemic played a role in increasing the public’s interest in cannabis use, whether for leisure or medicinal purposes. The pandemic has also coincided with sweeping cannabis legalization bills across the United States. This has undoubtedly played a role in shaping public perception.
It’s quite a leap from 2018, when just over 15% of U.S. adults reported cannabis consumption (3).