Cannabis use is up in both legal and illegal states
Though it’s not quite as high as you might guess. According to the New York Post, a study by the Rockefeller Institute of Goverment (looking at survey data) has said that since 2002, cannabis use has gone up 33% in states where cannabis is not yet legal, and by 47% in states that have passed laws making it legal.
But while those totals are impressive, the actual percent of people who are using cannabis might not be as high as you’d imagine (over 60% of people in the US, for example, support legalization in general). The state with the most usage is Oregon, but only 20% of people have used it there (a stat that’s doubled since 2002, but still isn’t a majority). Vermont is next with 19.3% usage, and in New York the number is only 10%. South Carolina is the lowest reported usage, apparently, where only 6.7% of people say they’ve tried it.
Now, this is likely self-reported data, and considering that it’s survey data run by the government, it wouldn’t be surprising to find out that people lied on these surveys, and said they hadn’t tried cannabis when maybe in fact, they did. But there’s no way for us to know that. The takeaway here, instead, is two things. One, the amount of people that have tried cannabis in the US (or at least are willing to say that they did) is growing by leaps and bounds. And two, that as big as cannabis has gotten already, it still likely has a long way left to grow.