A new report examined the effects of cannabis legalization in California on resident behavior.
This research conducted in California show cannabis smokers and their characteristics. The reasons why some people prefer not to use cannabis are also present.
THEBDS Analytics study, specialist in cannabis, shows how the regulation of this market affects attitudes and public opinion.
Thus, despite reservations, the negative stigma towards consumers is decreasing over the years.
Consumers: an average age of 39 years
THEinvestigation interviewed 2001 residents over 21 years ago, during the first quarter of 2017. The referendum on legalization took place in December 2016.
Another 1 residents with identical characteristics were interviewed at the end of the first quarter of 008, a year later, to observe changes in opinion.
The survey divided the respondents into three groups:
- Consumers - those who have used cannabis in one way or another in the past 6 months.
- Stakeholders - those who have not used cannabis in the past six months while considering it.
- Opponents - those who have not used cannabis in the past six months and do not intend to do so in the future.
It is noted that the "consumers" represent on average 39% of the Californian population in 2018 against 23% in 2017. On the other hand, the number of "concerned" decreased on average from 38% in 2017 to 33% in 2018. For their part, opponents, aged 56 years on average, have gone from 40% in 2017 to 38% in 2018.
The survey results show why 38% of “Opponents” refuse to use cannabis. The reason is simple: because they simply don't like the feeling it gets.
Overall, 25% of opponents explained that cannabis makes them dysfunctional. More than 33% of those who do not use cannabis say they are more receptive to cannabis if they could enjoy it without a psychoactive effect. Over 50% of opponents say they would like a loved one to use cannabis if it would ease their pain.
Consumers are not lazy
Despite the reputation for laziness, the survey found that in California, 53% of consumers are full-time employees. They have an average income of $ 5900 per month. In the “Interested” group 44% of workers are full-time and only 33% of the Opponent group.
We find the same conclusions concerning the hours of activity outside the home. 43% of consumers participate in outdoor activities at least once a week. Only 35% of “beneficiaries” do so. The opponents group comes out the least with only 25% of them having an activity at least once a week.
Consumers also spend more time with others, with 21% going to the nightclub or pub at least once a week, compared to 15% among recipients and only 10% among those who oppose it.
Cannabis users have a greater tendency to question society
It was also found that consumers apparently do not believe in the system. Thus, only 57% of them believe in 2018 that the vote is important. A sharp drop compared to the 71% who thought so in 2017. On the other hand, 67% of “voters” believe that it is important to vote, and 72% of opponents.
“I think from a public health perspective it's important that we have the information we need to make the right decisions,” says Linda Gilbert, research director at BDS Analytics.
“Cannabis users have little connection with the clichés they are associated with,” Gilbert said at the time.
In fact, characteristics of a positive lifestyle such as volunteering, social networking, life satisfaction, and physical and outdoor activity are more pronounced among cannabis users, at least in Colorado and California. .