By Marco Montoya |Staff Writer|
According to a recent study, in the years 2012 and 2013 use of Marijuana doubled from the ten years prior.
The number of adults who use Marijuana rose from 4.1 percent to 9.2 percent between the years 2001-02 to 2014, according to CNN.
The study was conducted on interviews with over 36,000 American adults and was sponsored by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).
This analysis appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Psychiatry.
It was led by Bridget Grant, Ph.D. of the NIAAA Laboratory of Epidemiology and Biometry, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
CNN stated that only about one in three pot smokers show signs of abuse, dependence and “marijuana use disorders.”
The number of pot smokers who actually have marijuana use disorder decreased from 35.6 percent to 30.6 percent between 2001 and 2013, according to the study.
With 23 states allowing the use of medical marijuana and four of those allowing it for recreational use, it is obvious that opinions on this issue are changing.
The study states that since the attitudes on marijuana are changing, there needs to be neutral arguments on the consequences of pot on the public, especially on professionals and policy makers.
“I feel like maybe these statistics have something to do with the reason that more and more states are legalizing it,” said student Rosie Jimenez
I think that since it is becoming more common to get, more people are using it,” continued Jimenez.