New poll finds millions would try to ‘grow your own’. Marijuana moves from the closet to the backyard.

In June 2014 I did this post seeking input about attitudes and opinions about home “marijuana gardening”.  Hundreds of people responded with a surprisingly favorable viewpoint overall. 

The next month the New York Times did a week long series on cannabis that included an editorial that recommended repealing prohibition and legalization marijuana.

Then this month Nature did a series of articles on the science about marijuana botany, horticulture, medicinal use, and the risks and many benefits of the cannabis plant.


The world is changing quickly. My state of Vermont has legalized medicinal marijuana and is considering being the first state to legalize cannabis for adult-use through the Legislature (vs through citizen initiative). Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medicinal use; four states (CO, WA, OR, AK) and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for recreational use.

I wanted to learn more about what gardeners think, so I helped commission a national Harris Poll this year.  The results indicate that an estimated 24.5 million Americans would like to try growing marijuana for personal use – if growing it was legal.  

The survey also finds over 70-percent of Americans are in favor of seeing marijuana laws liberalized – and 63 percent agree with the statement that “medical use of marijuana should be legalized.”

The survey further found that among people who would grow marijuana for personal use (if legal), Baby Boomers (aged 18-34) are 55% more likely to grow marijuana at home for personal consumption than all other adults 35 years and older.  14% of Baby Boomers would grow marijuana at home if it were legal and 9% of all other adults would become “marijuana gardeners.

Here is a summary of the survey results:


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