With legalization sweeping the nation, the fear among critics of marijuana is that soon everyone will be high.

Some of those pot haters cited a study last fall that said cannabis use in the United States doubled from 2002 to 2013.

Not so says a new report from researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

“Rather than doubling, the increase in marijuana use among adults was closer to 20 percent over the same time period,” the school said in a statement. “Problems related to using pot, such as addiction, remained steady or even declined.”

Eureka!

No doubling here. But the St. Louis researchers found something else: The overall number of pot users is higher, ahem, than the other study reported.

“That study had indicated that 9.5 percent of American adults used the drug, as compared with 12.5 percent in this study,” the school said.

That’s still about 1 in 10 of us — you know, the special ones.

“It’s not surprising that marijuana use is on the rise — several states have legalized it for either medicinal or recreational use — but our data suggest that the use rate hasn’t come close to doubling,” said the latest study’s lead author Richard A. Grucza, a professor of psychiatry. “That doesn’t mean there are no problems. The two studies agree that close to 1 in 10 adults uses the drug. The difference is that we believe the 2002 survey for the other study underestimated the percentage of adults using the drug.”

Now, as for marijuana taking over the world: There’s still time …

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Raul Duke has been working as a journalist in Southern California for two decades. The medical marijuana juggernaut is one of his many beats. He's a longtime Westside resident who needs to renew his doctor's recommendation soon. If you have news tips, reach out: raul@the420times.com

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