Marijuana is all over the news, joked about in television shows, and depicted as normal in the movies. Add the internet presence of this drug, and it would be easy to think that “everybody’s doing it.”

Yet, research shows that the vast majority of Americans do not use marijuana. While marijuana is the most commonly abused illicit drug in the United States (after alcohol), that does not mean everyone uses it.

  • In 2010, 17.4 million Americans aged 12 and older reported using the drug within the past month. However, this is only 6.9 percent of the entire U.S. population 12 and older.
  • Furthermore, a majority of Americans have never even tried marijuana. The latest survey of drug use found that 58 percent of Americans 12 and older had never used marijuana.
  • Common references and media discussions about marijuana issues may create a perception that marijuana use is common, but the data show a very different picture.


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