According to a study by the University of Michigan, 1 in 17 US college students smoke cannabis on a daily to near daily basis.
The ‘Monitoring the Future’ nationwide study indicates that regular cannabis use was reported by 5.9 percent of college students in 2014 – up 3.5 percent from 2007. The report defined regular cannabis usage as 20 or more occasions in the prior 30 days.
The study also revealed that the percentage of students using cannabis once or more a month is at 21 percent whilst 31 percent of students have admitted to cannabis use at least once a year.
It is believed that the increased use in cannabis is in direct correlation to the idea that cannabis is perceived as less dangerous by young adults than it once used to be. Cannabis is legal to use for both medical and and non medical usage in four US states, (Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington). Furthermore, many states across the US are becoming increasingly open to the idea of more lenient cannabis laws. 23 states have passed laws allowing the medical use of cannabis to a certain degree and 14 states have taken steps in decriminalizing cannabis to a certain degree. The movement to decriminalize the drug has sought to make possession of cannabis punishable by only confiscation or a fine rather than a prison sentence and this movement is starting to have some success.
However, large scale cannabis growing operations are frequently targeted by police in every state across America. According to the recent Federal Bureau of Investigation’s annual Uniform Crime Report; Marijuana (cannabis) arrests comprise almost one-half (48.3 percent) of all drug arrests reported in the United States. Clearly, although cannabis laws are slowly becoming looser, the US government are still keeping a tight reign on the sale and usage of the drug.