According to a new Marist poll that was conducted in partnership with Yahoo, 52 percent of U.S. adults have tried marijuana at least once and 56 percent of Americans find the drug “socially acceptable.”
The poll comes as more states are legalizing both recreational and medicinal marijuana. California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996 and today 29 states have laws providing for medicinal marijuana or cannabis and eight states have passed laws legalizing recreational use of the drug in some form.
Despite this, just 14 percent of Americans over the age of 18 say they use marijuana regularly or at least once or twice a month, and a stigma still exists about the drug.
Overall, 70 percent of poll respondents believe their parents would be unhappy to learn they were using marijuana recreationally.
In comparison, the poll found that 58 percent of parents think their children would disapprove if they found out their mother or father enjoyed marijuana recreationally.