How Many People Support Cannabis? [Current and Historical Data]
Sunday, Oct 21, 2018

It’s October 2018, and a significant milestone in cannabis history has just been achieved. This week, Canada became the second country to fully legalize the drug, with Uruguay being the first. This swift change in policy follows a sharp increase in support of cannabis over the past few years, and many other countries are also beginning to relax their marijuana laws.

In spite of all the support cannabis has recently gained, there are still many people who are dead against full legalization. So how many people really support cannabis? And how has this changed over the years?

The number of people who support marijuana has grown fairly steadily over the past two decades. Figures published in 2013 by the National Institute of Health showed that 19.8 million Americans had used cannabis in the past month, a number which had slowly but surely grown since 2002.

This data showed a stark contrast with the use of other illicit substances including cocaine, hallucinogens, and prescription drugs, which remained relatively stable throughout the survey period. In the USA, cannabis is now legal for medicinal use in 31 states, and for recreational use in nine. A recent survey found that 62% of Americans think that weed should be legal, a percentage which has doubled since the year 2000 when just 31% of people supported cannabis. As of 2016, a massive 122 million Americans admitted to having used marijuana at some point during their lifetime.