More L.A. County Residents Are Using Pot, But It Started Before Prop 64

It’s no secret that marijuana use has been rising ever since California voters legalized adult use pot in 2016. But, as a new report from the Los Angeles County Department of Health shows, plenty of locales were experiencing increased use prior to Prop 64’s passage.

According to health officials, pot use among L.A. County adults jumped from 9% to 12% between 2011 and 2015. Use was up by nearly 50% among adults aged 21-29.

African-Americans and whites were more likely to use marijuana compared to Asians and Latinos. Rates of use were lower among adults below the poverty level than all other income groups.