Marijuana has been federally classified as a dangerous Schedule 1 drug in the United States, but a majority of American adults have tried marijuana at least once in their lives, according to a new survey conducted by Yahoo News and Marist Poll.
The survey, titled Weed and the American Family, was conducted from March 1 to March 7 involving 1,122 adult respondents. It found that 52 percent of Americans over 18 have tried marijuana at some point in their lives, and more importantly, 44 percent of those who tried it once still use it today.
The study also observed that 49 percent of American adults support legalization of marijuana for medical purpose while around 47 percent oppose it.
Dr. Donald Abrams, an oncologist at University of California San Francisco who has studied marijuana, stated that the overwhelming support for medicinal marijuana in the U.S. is inevitable.
Many "have had family members or friends who have benefited from the use medicinally," Abrams said. "I hear it all the time."
The study also shows that moms and dads are being more open about using marijuana with their children and even with their own parents.
More adults are talking to their parents about consuming marijuana, according to the study. More than seven in 10 adults who use marijuana say they have told their parents about their use.
“And more than one in four users say they’ve consumed marijuana in front of or with their own parents,” the report states.
However, a social stigma is still involved with the marijuana consumption.
Around 70 percent of poll respondents believe their parents would be unhappy to learn they were using marijuana recreationally while nearly 58 percent of the parents also think that their children would not approve if they know that their parent consume marijuana for recreational purpose.
The survey was conducted about evolving social attitudes towards marijuana use. It examined at everything from family views on marijuana use to regulation, entertainment, social acceptability, and more.