Marijuana plants starting to flower at a Denver marijuana grow in March 2013. (Joe Amon, Denver Post file)

Green thumbs: Millennials more likely to grow their own pot when it’s legal

Gardeners who participated in the survey were far more likely to try growing pot if it is legal in their states

About 18 percent of adults say they’d grow their own if marijuana was legal, up from 10 percent last year, according to a nationwide Harris Poll conducted in January.

But gardeners who participated in the survey were far more likely to try growing pot if it is legal in their states. In Colorado, where sale and consumption of pot is legal, people also are permitted to grow limited amounts of marijuana for personal recreational and medical use.

About 40 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 34 — the so-called millennial band — who self identify as gardeners said they’d try cultivating cannabis if they could. About 35 percent of gardening baby boomers — age 55 or older — said they’d try growing pot.

Gardeners were defined as respondents who participate in flower, food or container gardening.

Overall, millennials were most likely to want to grow weed — about 26 percent, up from 14 percent last year.

The survey was conducted online within the U.S. Jan. 28 to Feb. 1 and captured the opinions of 2,077 people age 18 and older. It was conducted on behalf of Green State Gardener, a Vermont-based online seller of equipment used to grow marijuana and medicinal plants.

Green State Gardner was co-founded by Will Raap, an advocate of marijuana legalization.

This story was first published on DenverPost.com