Standing up for young americans

More millennials, fiftysomethings are using marijuana

the facts

  • The National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 19% of millennials recently used marijuana. But perhaps more shocking, the number of Baby Boomers increased from 1.9% to 6.6% in the past decade.
  • Researchers believe the increase is largely because baby boomers, who were more likely to use drugs than earlier generations, are aging into the 50-64 age range.
  • The study also found that usage of other drugs and alcohol have decreased or stayed the same.

why we should care

  • There have been zero deaths linked to marijuana overdose whereas drugs other than cannabis accounted for 38,329 deaths in 2010, making it the leading cause of injury death in the United States.
  • According to a Pew Research Center poll, 52% of Americans and 65% of millennials support legalization.

our time opinion

As more Americans support legalizing marijuana, we should see more states follow the trend of decriminalizing the drug.

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