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Wednesday, 31 July, 2002, 10:44 GMT 11:44 UK
The weed and the web
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Some people seem to be taking the "high" in hi-tech rather too literally.

A survey about cannabis use has found that people who work in the technology industry are the most likely to have tried the drug.

The results reveal that almost a third of those who admitted they had tried cannabis worked in the technology and telecommunications industries.

Overall the survey found that 72% of those questioned admitted that they had tried the drug at one time or another.

Top tokers

Almost 92% of the people that work in the technology and telecommunications industries answered "yes" to the survey's question asking if they had ever smoked cannabis.

"Obviously, cannabis users work in a variety of professions," said James Malach, creative director at technology firm TongueWag, which commissioned the survey, "but the high proportion of users in the IT sector is considerably higher than we suspected."

The industry sector with the second largest group of admitted users is the financial world in which almost 79% said they had once been users of cannabis.

Least likely to be cannabis users were those employed in the leisure and travel industry. Only 61.5% of those questioned that worked in this group confessed that they had used it.

Despite being the biggest group of users, technology workers were not the most regular smokers of cannabis.

About 22% of those questioned who work in the teaching profession said they tried the drug on almost a daily basis.

The survey questioned 1000 people aged between 18 and 35 across the UK.


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