WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — A new report finds that 44 percent of Americans say they have tried marijuana.

The Gallup Poll reports this number is the highest percentage ever polled since they first began asking the question in 1969 when only 4 percent of people said they did.

Gallup also found that 11 percent of Americans say they currently smoke pot, while 88 percent say they do not. That’s up from 7 percent who said they did in 2013.

Breaking it down into subgroups, Gallup found that 18 percent of Americans younger than 30 are most likely to say they currently smoke pot. Those between the ages of 30 and 64 are most likely to say they have ever tried it.

Among people who attend religious services, the less likely they are to admit to using pot. In contrast, 18 percent who say they have no religious affiliation are more likely to say they smoke weed.

Thirteen percent of men say they currently smoke marijuana and 47 percent say they have tried it. Among women, those numbers are down to 6 and 35 percent, respectively.

According to Gallup, “whites and nonwhites are about equally as likely to have experimented with or to currently smoke marijuana. Americans across education and income groups are about equally as likely to say they have tried smoking pot.”

Gallup conducted the poll among 1,009 adults between July 8-12.


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