75% of survey respondents were male and 25% female
(Source: Examiner) The livestream marijuana survey started January 23, 2010 – sponsored by the grassroots organization Legalize Utah concluded February 4th at 4:20 p.m. and the results are no less than astonishing.
This survey was sent to every Utah lawmaker along with over 1,300 marijuana users via Facebook and contains enlightening, surprising and some shocking information about current marijuana use and breaks stereotypes in all aspects of cannabis use.
According to the survey (which had more than 50 completely anonymous responders), 75% were males and 25% were female.
98% of those who responded to the survey had at least tried marijuana once and the age for first trying marijuana was by far the highest in the 13-16 year range, with a reported 62%. Only 8% reported starting between ages 1-12, 22% from ages 18-23, 2% ages 24-30 and 6% reported first using marijuana age 30 or older.
Reasons given for first trying marijuana varied, however a full 82% gave the reason “out of curiosity”, with only 6% out of “peer pressure”, 8% for social acceptance and 10% “other” and included statements such as:
“It calms my severe Bipolar symptoms, including psychosis, audio and visual hallucinations as well as the severe pain from Diabetic Neuropathy, a broken back, broken jaw, numerous surgeries and a very stressful life of a single mother”.
“To deal with depression and anxiety. It also alleviates my debilitating migraine headaches”.
“My 36 year old schizophrenic son refuses to take his medication and smoking pot is the only way I can control him. I am paralyzed and he becomes violent and beats me when he does not have his weed”.
69% of those who completed the survey reported a current age of 30 and above. 12% were 26-30 as were the 22-25 age group with the lowest level of 8% reporting current ages 18-21.
Caucasian or “white” respondents were, by far, the majority at 88% with only 4% Hispanic and 8% reporting “other” in regarding ethnicity.
Survey takers indicated a variety of reasons for continuing their marijuana use. Some of these reasons were stress, acceptance, cultural or family values.
The full results of this anonymous survey will be published and used in conjunction with personal testimonials and other scientific data in order to educate Utah lawmakers, law enforcement, teachers, parents and children.
Legalize Utah will next sponsor a specific survey next directed to medical marijuana patients, their friends, families and care givers.
It is certainly clear that the common stereotypes of “stoners” or people who choose to use cannabis are incredibly out of date and inane and by using information in this survey, Legalize Utah will “EDUCATE THEN LEGISLATE”.