Daily drinking drops below daily marijuana use for first time in the US

Daily marijuana use has outpaced daily drinking in the United States, according to a study published Wednesday.

The study compared four eras of marijuana policy in the U.S. and found that marijuana use had climbed since 2008, according to the Associated Press.

The study, published in Addiction, compared the rates of marijuana use in 1979, 1992, 2008, and 2022 to daily drinking and researched how marijuana policy may have affected this outcome. The different eras were selected based on available data and because they represented shifts in marijuana policy. For example, 1979 represents the “end of [the] relatively liberal policies of the 1970s.”

Daily marijuana use reached its “nadir” in 1992, which the study notes laid at the end of the conservative Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush presidencies and represented
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