Colorado congressman and pro-pot Democrat Jared Polis spoke to DC politicos Thursday at a National Cannabis Industry Association Capitol Hill briefing, reports National Journal. When asked how many lawmakers in Congress he believed regularly smoked weed, he responded, "I don't think more than five or 10, I would guess."
It was a response that put National Journal's Elahe Izadi into investigative mode. She looked into the numbers herself, citing a Health and Human Services survey, and came to the conclusion that it's likely a tiny percentage of legislators who get baked, stoned, or buzzed:
While 44 percent of 50- to 64-year-olds admitted to having tried marijuana, just 5 percent say they regularly use it. For those 65 and older, 17 percent said they have tried it before, while just 1 percent still use it. And as of January, the average age of House members was 57, according to the Congressional Research Service.
So, anywhere from 1 to 5 percent of members could actually be using marijuana - meaning anywhere from 4 to 20 members.
Of course, as Izadi notes, that assumes the people in Congress are "just like the rest of us." I for one am assuming their literally busy bodies, especially up past middle age, would find pot burdensome, what with its chill-inducing powers. Maybe the popularity of pot in Congress is restricted to the those living at the real-world "Alpha House."
Via National Journal.