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What Percentage of Americans Smoke Marijuana?
The Short Answer

What Percentage of Americans Smoke Marijuana?

Editor's Note: This article was updated on August 15, 2022, with Gallup's latest data pertaining to Americans' self-reported marijuana smoking.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Sixteen percent of Americans say they smoke marijuana, statistically similar to the 12% to 13% figures Gallup recorded from 2016 to 2021.


Americans' reported marijuana smoking has more than doubled since 2013 when Gallup first asked the question. That year, 7% said they did.

A separate question finds that nearly half of adults (48%) say they have at least tried marijuana, in line with the 43% to 49% range recorded since 2015.

These data are from Gallup's annual Consumption Habits survey, conducted July 5-26.

Men (18%) and women (14%) report smoking marijuana at similar rates, but smoking varies across other demographic groups:

  • Among young adults, aged 18 to 34, three in 10 say they smoke marijuana (30%), but reported use is about half of that among adults aged 35 to 54 (16%) and even lower among adults aged 55 and older (7%).
  • College graduates (12%) are about as likely as those without a college degree (18%) to smoke marijuana.
  • Democrats (20%) are more likely than Republicans (12%) to report smoking marijuana, with independents (17%) falling between them.

Gallup measures Americans' use of marijuana and tobacco as part of its Consumption Habits poll -- one of 12 surveys that make up the Gallup Poll Social Series.

Explore Gallup articles about marijuana on our "Marijuana" topics page.

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