Marijuana is a pungent fragrance. When you smell a waft of cannabis smoke in the air, there’s no questioning what it is. And for over half of Americans, the smell is becoming a serious problem. Meanwhile, nearly a quarter of people “hate” the smell, according to a major new survey conducted by PSB Research, Civilized, Burson Cohn & Wolfe, and BuzzFeed News.
If you think those attitudes are bad, just wait until you hear how our neighbors to the North react to the smell of marijuana. Despite the plant being legalized nationwide last year, “three in five people think the smell of weed in pubic is a problem and nearly half report disliking or even hating it,” Buzzfeed wrote.
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To conduct the survey, PSB partnered with Civilized, Burson Cohn & Wolfe (BCW), and Buzzfeed News. Together the group interviewed 1,000 American adults (ages 21-plus) online, as well as 602 Canadians (19-plus). Interviews were held between March 12-21 of this year and inquired both the general views, habits, and behaviors between those who identified as cannabis consumers and those who didn’t in each country.
Here’s some other intriguing findings from the survey:
– 84% of American support legalization and 60% favor regulating it with taxes and sales, like alcohol.
– Marijuana use is increasing as 27% of Americans now say they “imbibe.”
– Current marijuana users are not exempt from distasting the smell of cannabis in public. A third of them called it a problem, while 10% said it was a major problem.
– Meanwhile, 27% of non-consumers said it was a “major problem” and 29% labeled it a “minor problem.”
– That said, 41% of Americans admitted they don’t notice the marijuana smell or don’t care.
There you have it, people got some problems with smelling marijuana. From the statistics the survey collected, it doesn’t seem like an overtly significant problem, but a major annoyance for a passionate minority. Our suggestion: If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.