Parents Now More Likely To Smoke Weed Than Their Kids
That's right ladies and gentlemen. Marijuana is no longer publicly seen as just for reckless or irresponsible teenagers. New federal studies are showing that the tables have turned, and middle aged parents are now more likely to smoke than their offspring.
The study was conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and it showed that teen marijuana use had dropped, but adult use had risen. For Americans aged 12 - 17, only 7.4 percent said they smoked marijuana regularly during 2014, which was a 10 percent drop from 2002. 35 - 44 year olds, however, saw an increase of use to 8 percent, passing that of their kids.
Other age group statistics may surprise you as well. Americans aged 45 - 54 have been smoking more, with their use jumping up almost 50 percent. Those aged 55 - 64 have seen a rise of 455%. No, that's not a typo, they just know how to party. And for seniors, age 65+, monthly marijuana use is up 333 percent since 2002.
"During the last 13 years, marijuana use (i.e., past-month marijuana use) has steadily increased in the United States, particularly among people aged 26 years or older," said report author Alejandro Azofeifa in an email. "Older groups had a significant increase of marijuana use in the past month."
In layman's terms, this means that if trends continue, those aged 50 - 60 will be smoking more pot than teenages. Think about it, grandma could be smoking you under the table real soon. This should give California legislatures something to think about when it comes to legalizing marijuana. Everyone assumes that legalization will have the biggest impact on kids, but this study suggests that the biggest impact will actually be seen by the kids' parents - and their grandparents.