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Latinos are the group that most consumes marijuana regularly; where do they do it?

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Latino adults are the U.S. demographic with the highest rate of regular marijuana consumption, according to a new Gallup poll.

Concretely, 11% said they do so 10 or more days per month, compared to 9% of Black and White adults. It was also a higher figure than the U.S. average (9% as well).

The survey shows similar numbers for three different demographics under 50, with 12% responding affirmatively to the same question.

As for those aged 50-64, 8% said they consume marijuana 10 or more days a month, while 6% said this was the case for them among respondents aged 65 and older.

The survey (Credit: Gallup)

Overall, about one in five (19%) said they used cannabis products at least once in the prior month.

Figures diverge depending on education and income levels, the highest rates seen among those with a high school education or less (13%) and those living in households earning less than $24,000 per year (16%).

"These consumption levels are about three times the rates found among those with postgraduate work or degrees (5%) and those living in households earning $180,000 or more annually (5%)," the survey adds.

As for geographical location, the highest rates are seen in the Middle Atlantic (11%) and East North Central divisions (11%), while the lowest are reported in the East South Central and the West North Central (7%).

Another graphic of the survey (Credit: Gallup)

In the U.S., cannabis is fully legal in 18 states and legal for medicinal purposes in 12 states. Another eight states have decriminalized marijuana, while it is fully illegal in 12 others, Gallup recalls.

Same as most of the United States, the vast majority of Latinos in the country believe Marijuana should be legalized in the country.

However, they are the least liberal demographic when it comes to their stances, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center.

Latinos were the group with the most respondents who said marijuana should not be legal under any circumstance, with 16%. The figure contrasts with 7% of Blacks and 10% of Whites who gave the same answer.

Moreover, 45% said it should be legal for both medical and recreational use. It's the lowest proportion of all demographics along with Asian-Americans, and much lower than Black and White respondents (65 and 59%, respectively). The remaining 39% of Latinos said it should only be legal for medical use.

Latinos were also the group most likely to agree withthe premise that legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes can increase the use of other, harder drugs like heroin, fentanyl and cocaine. 39% of respondents gave an affirmative answer, compared to 18% of Blacks and 28% of Whites. 30% said it decreases the use of such drugs while the remaining 29% said it has no impact.

In contrast with other questions, Latinos were the most likely to say that legalizing recreational marijuana use would make communities more safe, with 26% saying so. However, they were also the second most likely to say it would make them less safe, with 41% giving this answer and illustrating contrasting opinions within the demographic.

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