Written by Victoria Kim for The Fix.
According to a new study that examined a decade’s worth of drug use data, more people are using pot more often—some of them spending a quarter of their income on cannabis.
The study, published in this month’s edition of the Journal of Drug Issues, analyzed federal surveys on drug use in the U.S. from 2002 to 2013. The researchers, assistant policy analyst Steven Davenport of the RAND Corporation and Jonathan Caulkins of Carnegie Mellon University, looked at the data and concluded that “there really is no average user.” But though they could not characterize the typical pot user, they were able to confirm that the average user consumes more pot today than they would have 20 years ago, regardless of one’s age.
“It’s pretty clear that the average pot smoker—however you want to define ‘average’—isn’t somebody who’s using on weekends exclusively,” Davenport told Vice. “Use is just kinda more frequent than that.”
Frequent use has tripled, especially among certain demographics, say the researchers. “Daily or near-daily users are now one-third of active users,” Davenport told Vice. The number of people who use pot daily or almost daily increased from one in nine in the early 1990s to one in three in 2013.