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US adults are using marijuana now more than ever



The number of American adults who smoke marijuana has increased by 10 million.

Marijuana use is becoming more and more accepted among U.S. adults as states ease up on pot laws, new national survey data shows.

The new study shows that the number of American adults who used marijuana in the last year increased by 10 million and the number of people who used it daily increased by more than four million.Researchers also found that more people are keen to using marijuana for the first time than before.

Here are some highlights from the report, which compared 2002 to 2004:

  • About 1 in 8 adults said they used marijuana in the past year, up from 1 in 10. 
  • The number of marijuana users grew to about 32 million.
  • Daily use doubled, to 3.5 percent or about 8.4 million U.S. adults
  • Changes in marijuana use and perception began to really climb in 2006-2007.
  • No increase was seen in reported marijuana use disorders

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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