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US Parents' Reactions When/Supposed They Caught Their Children Smoking Weed

Major Takeaways:

  1. About half (490) of the 982 U.S. parents caught their children red-handed in the act of smoking weed.
  2. Of the 490 parents that caught their children smoking weed, 42.65% (209) of them felt uncomfortable and asked their children to stop using cannabis compared to 26.73% (131) of them that felt just as uncomfortable but have no intention of stopping their children from smoking weed.
  3. Surprisingly, 14.49% (71) of them are completely fine with it and even encouraged their children to keep smoking cannabis.
  4. As long as their children are well-educated on the benefits and risks of smoking cannabis, most U.S. parents would allow their children to smoke weed.

According to US Parents, Here are The Reasons Why Their Children Smoke Weeds

Major Takeaways:

  1. Most (19.5%) of the U.S. parents think curiosity is what pushed their children to try marijuana out.
  2. 19.1% of the U.S. parents thought it was peer pressure that pushed their children to smoke weed while 10.12% of them thought children use weed to get rid of stress and pressure.
  3. 14.85% of the U.S. parents thought children choose to smoke weed for recreational purposes or simply just to get high.

Percentages of Children Who Smoked Weed

Major Takeaways:

  1. According to the surveyed U.S. parents that took the survey, 50% of their children are already smoking weed.

Percentages of Children Who Smoked Weed, By Ages

Major Takeaways:

  1. Most (75.45%) of the children who had smoked weed were aged between 10 and 18 years old, followed by children (12.5%) aged between 18 and 30 years old.
  2. A rate of 8.65% of children was caught to have already been smoking weed at the age of below 10 years old.

US Parents' Opinions about The Ideal Age to Consume Recreational Cannabis

To be able to come up with an “ideal age”, we asked the U.S. parents on what age do they think should their children start to consume cannabis for recreational purposes.

Major Takeaways:

  1. Over 56% or 551 of the parents agreed that the ideal age to consume recreational cannabis should be from 18 to 30 years old.
  2. Only 18.94% or 186 of parents think the ideal age for children to consume recreational cannabis should be from 10 to 18 years old.

US Parents' Opinions On Their Children Smoking

Major Takeaways:

  1. 43.4% of U.S. parents think that it’s fine for their children to smoke weed, while 56.6% of them think otherwise.

Reasons Why US Parents Allow Their Children To Smoke Weed

426 of the U.S. parents would allow their children to smoke weed, and they were asked why.

Major Takeaways:

  1. Most of them (23.36%) don’t think cannabis will do any harm to their children’s health.
  2. Regardless of where they stand on the matter, 22.04% of U.S. parents think their children should decide for themselves because it’s not their place to decide what their children should or should not do.
  3. 17.36% of parents allow their children to smoke weed since their children aren’t inclined to getting themselves in trouble.

Requirements for Children When They Smoke Weed

The U.S. parents were asked what should their children do when they smoke weed, and these were their responses:

Major Takeaways:

  1. Most 22.42% (239) of U.S. parents would allow their children to smoke weed as long as they stay out of trouble.
  2. 17.92% (191) of U.S. parents let their children smoke as long as they’re responsible enough for whatever consequences they may end up having.
  3. 6.10% (65) of parents would allow their children to smoke as long as they do it outside their home compared to 14.63% (156) of them that would prefer their children to do it at home instead.


All the data presented above were from 982 participants who are strictly from the United States. They were asked a set of survey questions after they answered two qualifying questions to ensure they (1) are parents, and (2) are living in the U.S.

To further ensure that our participants aren’t bots or aren’t just answering randomly, we include an attention-checker strategically placed along with the questions.

Do note that this do not reflect our writer’s or American Marijuana’s opinions because the survey heavily relies on self-reporting issues.

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