Legalizing marijuana is coming, but it’s still not the norm in California and in Arizona.
But as more states legalize marijuana, the legal landscape is likely to change dramatically.
That’s according to a new report from ArcView Market Research that tracks marijuana legalization trends.
While the report notes that California, Alaska, and Washington state have all legalized recreational marijuana, it doesn’t break down how many people are actually using the drug in those states.
The ArcView study, conducted last fall, surveyed more than 1,000 Californians and found that nearly half of them had smoked marijuana in the past month.
The study found that only 8 percent of people surveyed were “regular users” of marijuana, and just 13 percent had ever tried to buy marijuana online.
Nearly half of people had used marijuana at least once in the previous year.
ArcView found that while marijuana use has become legal in a number of states, many people in those same states still struggle to afford it, with a median household income of just $44,700.
In Arizona, only 19 percent of adults aged 18 to 34 reported having tried marijuana in their lifetime, compared to the national average of 31 percent.
(That’s a gap that the study did not break down.)
It also found that 18 percent of those surveyed had tried marijuana more than once.
It was unclear what impact the legalization of marijuana will have on the financial struggles of the vast majority of Californians, who earn about $37,000 a year and don’t earn much more than average.
Some of those who have used marijuana in recent years have taken out student loans to pay for college.
“There is a growing awareness of the financial cost of drug use and the burden of the costs of legal and illicit drugs,” said Sarah Tompkins, director of the Drug Policy Alliance’s Center for Health and Justice.
“It seems like there’s a lot of pressure on young people to stop using marijuana, but there’s also a growing recognition that the costs outweigh the benefits.”
According to ArcView, marijuana use among California’s adults is on the rise.
Since 2013, the number of people reporting daily use of marijuana in California has more than doubled.
According to a 2015 survey from the Pew Research Center, 57 percent of California’s population now reports that they have used weed at least some of the time.
That number has grown by nearly 20 percent in that same period.