Saturday, August 20, 2022

Federal Employees In D.C. Area Are Buying Loads Of Legal Weed

While the federal government continues to drag its collective feet when it comes to reforming national marijuana laws, Federal employees that live in and around the nation’s capital are already smoking weed in growing numbers. And many of those cannabis consumers are federal government workers, according to a new study.

The Green Market Report, in collaboration with data provider Consumer Research Around Cannabis, analyzed the consumer profile and opinions of those who live inside the beltway. After crunching the numbers, the researchers concluded that 8 percent of the adults in the region have visited a legal retailer and bought marijuana.

ÔÇťConsidering Washington D..C is where our federal legislation is created, results that indicate a significant number of government employees favoring the legality of its consumption as well as consuming it themselves, is clear indication that prohibition is outdated,ÔÇŁ said Jeffrey Stein of Consumer Research Around Cannabis.

As Forbes’ Debra Borchardt reports:

Of the survey respondents who were government employees, 11 percent had bought marijuana legally, slightly higher than the eight percent overall rate, and government employees accounted for 16.7 percent of the total number of buyers. Some 41 percent of the government employees approved of both legalized adult use and medical marijuana, only 11 percent disapproved of the legalization of both categories. This seems to fly in the face of the attitudes from the current leaders of the Department of Justice and The Drug Enforcement Agency.

Here are some interesting factoids revealed from the report, which was released earlier this week:

Occupational Status

  • 55.3┬ápercent are white-collar
  • 32.3┬ápercent are professional
  • 30.5┬ápercent are business owners
  • 30┬ápercent are full-time workers
  • 7.5┬ápercent are blue-collar

Political Affiliation

  • 47.8┬ápercent are independents
  • 27.1┬ápercent are liberals
  • 25.1┬ápercent are conservatives

Income Status

  • 76┬ápercent make more than $50,000 a year
  • 37┬ápercent make more than $100,000 a year

Education Level

  • 68.3┬ápercent have at least an undergraduate degree
  • 36.3┬ápercent have advanced degrees

ÔÇťI think itÔÇÖs clear that the data debunks many of the negative connotations attached to cannabis use ÔÇô whether for medicinal or recreational use,” said┬á Stein. “They are well educated, have good jobs and are financially sound. ┬áCannabis consumer data like this should be a wake-up call to government officials and companies that have thus far ignored this growing consumer group.ÔÇŁ

The report concluded:

A large segment of the D.C market cannabis consumer is smart, comfortably employed, educated, a government employee or professional, and loves their concentrates! LetÔÇÖs hope this sophisticated group can help influence on federal policy toward cannabis prohibition in a positive way. They are arguably positioned best to help influence advance the industry with better legislation best.

According to Green Market Report, 1,368 responded to the survey. The D.C. market represents 5,187,362 adults and includes portions of Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia along with the District of Columbia.

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