Americans are getting creative in finding ways to gain access to marijuana online, even if they aren’t legally allowed to do so, a recent study found.
For one, buying and selling cannabis on the internet is illegal because it is a largely uncontrolled market and its sellers do not follow a screening system with their buyers.
The proponents looked into typical Google searches typed in by those buying marijuana online and found that the highest numbers came from Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, with search volumes rising between 1.4 million and 2.4 million every month from 2005 to 2017.
The research monitored search terms such as “cannabis,” “weed,” “marijuana” and “pot,” combined with action words like “order,” “shop,” “buy” and more.
Recreational marijuana for users over the age of 21 is currently legal in 10 U.S. states.